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Fiscal 2008 Intelligence Authorization (H.R. 2082)/On passage
house Roll Call 341     May 10, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was the final vote was on legislation authorizing funding for the intelligence agencies for fiscal 2008.

The intelligence budget is classified, but it is estimated to be around $45 billion annually and includes money for the CIA, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. House leaders reported that this Intelligence budget was the largest in history.

The legislation would authorize increases in the human intelligence budget, including additional training for intelligence agents. The bill would also require that a National Intelligence Estimate on global climate change be submitted to Congress, which many Republicans opposed (see Roll Call 337).

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said he supported the bill because it supported the men and women who are "deployed into harm's way and depend on the military intelligence capabilities authorized by this bill."

"It is important for them to achieve their missions," Skelton said. "And this legislation assures continued delivery of our intelligence to our warfighters. It will lead to important improvements in the future."

Many Republicans opposed the bill for what they said were cuts to crucial human intelligence programs.

Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.) pointed out that the bill would slash funding for "one of our most important intelligence collection functions in the global war on terrorism," the human intelligence programs.

"Regardless of your position on the war, we cannot cut a primary intelligence function that is critical to protecting our troops in combat," he said.

Support for and opposition against the measure split mostly down party lines. All but six Democrats voted for the bill, and all but five Republicans opposed it. Thus, by a vote of 225 to 197, the House passed a bill authorizing funding for the intelligence agencies for fiscal 2008 that, among other things, would direct increases in the human intelligence budget and require a report on the national security implications of global climate change, and the legislation made its way to the Senate.

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