No one has ever accused Chairman Thompson of running an inefficient committee. A 10:00 a.m. full committee hearing this morning marked up eleven separate homeland security measures and by a voice vote reported them all to the House with a favorable recommendation. By noon time the Committee Action document was posted on the committee web site, along with a congratulatory message from the Chair.
Included in the eleven bills was HR 6193, a bill we reviewed earlier (see: "Subcommittee Hearing on HR 6193"). This bill aims to bring the "sensitive but unclassified" document marking/classification mess under control. As I noted in the earlier blog this bill was approved out of the subcommittee in an, as of yet, unpublished substitute version. That substitute was approved in today’s committee action.
It will take a day or two for the new version of this bill to make its way to thru the GPO process. That means that I won’t have a chance to review it for that length of time. Hopefully the substitute will better address some of the problems I pointed out in the earlier blog.