Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Intelligence Authorization Passes House

May 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney, Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, applauded the passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 as part of the omnibus spending bill, which passed the House of Representatives last Wednesday May 3, 2017.

“Now, more than ever, America is counting on Congress to pass laws that will keep the nation safe from the growing threat of global terrorism. Today we took an important step towards eradicating terrorism by giving our Intelligence Community the tools and authorizations they need to monitor and combat these threats. As a member of Congress, protecting our nation is my top priority and I was proud to watch as this legislation passed the House.”

This bipartisan legislation ensures that the Intelligence Community has the resources and legal authorization needed to continue operating vital national security programs. Among other functions, the Intelligence Authorization Act:

  • Sustains and enhances U.S. capabilities to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and fight terrorism.
  • Strengthens Congressional oversight of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) by setting authorization requirements and directing the PCLOB to keep Congress fully informed of its activities.
  • Enhances efforts against nation-state competitors, in particular, by increasing scrutiny of Russian activities, including Russia’s covert influence efforts and its compliance with the Open Skies Treaty.
  • Shines a light on Guantanamo transfers by requiring declassification reviews of intelligence on past terrorist activities of individuals transferred out of Guantanamo Bay.

The threats facing our nation have never been greater. As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I was proud to support this bill and the brave men and women that stand between us and dangers we face.