CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 2701 is expected to be considered under a structured rule on July 8, 2009, making the following amendments in order. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) on June 4, 2009. The bill was reported by voice vote by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on June 26, 2009.
1) Rep. Reyes (D-TX): Makes technical changes and modifies the underlying bill so that the President must submit any plan for Guantanamo Bay detainees to Congress (not just the Defense committees).
2) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI): Adds a sense of Congress language honoring those in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
3) Rep. Langevin (D-RI): Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the cyberoperations workforce of the intelligence community, including assessments on workforce capabilities, recruiting, retention, and professional development, as well as strategies to collaborate with industry and academia to improve cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, the defense industrial base, and financial networks.
4) Reps. Castle (R-DE) and Lynch (D-MA): Reiterates a requirement for the President to submit the report to Congress on terrorism financing required under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2004, within 180 days of enactment.
5) Rep. Hinchey (D-NY): Instructs the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on information in the possession of the intelligence community with regard to the human rights violations of the Argentine military government during the 1970s and 1980s. It also would instruct the inclusion of an appendix of declassified documents used for the report and authorize the inclusion of a classified annex.
6) Reps. Kirk (R-IL) and Klein (D-FL): Require the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a National Intelligence Estimate on the production and sale of narcotics in support of international terrorism by Mexican drug cartels, and operations outside of the U.S. that support major drug production or sale operations inside the U.S.
7) Rep. Andrews (D-NJ): Express the sense of Congress that the Director of National Intelligence should encourage foreign nations to increase penalties for unlawfully transporting nuclear material and that foreign nations should share information with the U.S. regarding the amount of nuclear material produced, secured, and unsecured by such foreign nations.
8) Rep. Welch (D-VT): Amends a study to be done by the Director of National Intelligence on the feasibility of employing those who served as interpreters or translators for the U.S. military or government in Iraq or Afghanistan by broadening the study to include those who served as interpreters or translators for U.S.-based media outlets and are lawfully in the United States.
9) Rep. Childers (D-MS): Requires that a report to Congress under the National Security Act include information on the chemical and biological weapons programs of Iran, Syria, and North Korea.
10) Rep. Boccieri (D-OH): Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the dissemination of counterterrorism information from the intelligence community to local law enforcement agencies, including recommendations for improving the means of communication of such information to local law enforcement agencies.
11) Rep. Giffords (D-AZ): Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on Iran's contravention of United Nations sanctions and the involvement of Iran in terrorist financing and money laundering.
12) Rep. Kissell (D-NC): Requires the National Security Agency to report to Congress on its strategy for securing the Department of Defense's networks within the Intelligence Community.
13) Rep. Kosmas (D-FL): Requires a report by the Director of National Intelligence on the steps the Coast Guard has taken to ensure that intelligence information related to maritime and port security is effectively disseminated to local port authorities.
14) Rep. Markey (D-CO): Requires the reports on nuclear weapons programs of Iran, Syria, and North Korea to include a summary of any intelligence regarding persons or organizations providing assistance, capabilities, intelligence, or materials to further develop nuclear weapons programs in each country.