Thursday, May 4, 2017

House Passes HR 244 – FY 2017 Spending

After a nearly party-line vote on the resolution adopting the rule for consideration of  HR 244, the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 309 to 118 (with 103 Republicans voting Nay). The Democratic opposition to the rule vote was an attempt to open consideration of HR 244 to the amendment process on the floor of the House.


The rule for consideration of HR 244 also added a new division to HR 244. The new Division N is the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. As I have mentioned on a couple of occasions the House has passed various versions of this bill in both the 114th and 115th Congress, but the Senate has not taken up any version of this bill.

The version now included in HR 244 does not include any specific cybersecurity provisions beyond a reporting requirement; Sec. 614. Report on cybersecurity threats to seaports of the United States and maritime shipping. I have previously discussed this provision on a couple of occasions, the most recently here.

Moving Forward

The Senate is scheduled to debate HR 244 today and vote on cloture on Friday morning. The current plan for consideration in the Senate does not include a floor amendment process.

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