What: All Issues : War & Peace : Intelligence Agencies' Oversight : (H.R. 754) On an amendment that would have eliminated a provision in an intelligence bill that required an audit of U.S. intelligence programs (2011 house Roll Call 323)
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(H.R. 754) On an amendment that would have eliminated a provision in an intelligence bill that required an audit of U.S. intelligence programs
house Roll Call 323     May 13, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) that would have eliminated a provision in an intelligence bill that required an audit of U.S. intelligence programs. This amendment was offered to legislation authorizing annual funding for U.S. intelligence agencies.

Rogers urged support for his amendment: “While this provision…[is] intended to promote auditability of intelligence funds, some technical issues have arisen; and I believe it was prudent to hold this over until the FY12 [fiscal year 2012] bill. It is something that I support and hope to return to the bill in FY12.”

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) argued: “In this era of tight budgets, I believe it is our responsibility to manage every taxpayer dollar efficiently and effectively…Section 412 [the provision of the intelligence bill that was eliminated by this amendment] will allow for an accurate audit of taxpayer dollars. This important tool will save us money in the long run. We must identify programs that are not working and trim those costs. A thorough audit will help us do that. We must ensure any cuts do not negatively impact on the performance of the mission. The [Obama] administration supports section 412, and so do I.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 224-174. Voting “yea” were 219 Republicans and 5 Democrats. 174 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment that would have eliminated an audit of U.S. intelligence programs.

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