Monday, July 24, 2017

HR 3180 Fails in House – FY 2018 Intel Authorization

Today the House failed to pass HR 3180, the FY 2018 Intel authorization bill. It failed on a vote of 241 to 163 with a 2/3 vote (290 Ayes) being required for passage. It was a nearly party-line vote with 10 Republicans voting Nay and 30 Democrats voting Aye. The House Intelligence Committee will have to go back to the drawing board and try to craft a bill that can garner more support from the Democrats if the leadership continues to rely on passing the bill under suspension of the rules.

The other point to remember, however, is that if the bill could not garner the 2/3 vote required under the suspension of the rules process, then it likely would not be able to make it to the floor of the Senate due to the cloture vote requirement (3/5ths vote).

There were no cybersecurity provisions in this bill that would have been of specific interest to readers of this blog.

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