Monday, June 4, 2012

HR 5743 Passes in House

I was doing some file cleaning yesterday and noticed that I had missed reporting on the floor action taken in the House on HR 5743, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Thursday the House passed the bill on a strongly bipartisan vote of 386 to 28 (21 Democrats and 7 Republicans voting No).

All nine of the floor amendments that I talked about earlier passed by voice votes. The only two roll call votes were for the move to recommit (a 180 to 235 party-line vote) and the vote on final passage.

The bill now moves to the Senate where it will most likely be scrapped for a Senate written version. That will require a subsequent conference committee that could complete its work before the Summer Recess. If not, it is likely that the bill will languish until after the election.

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