WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019:
“At a time when our nation faces threats posed by new and rapidly advancing adversaries from all corners of the world, it is critical that our intelligence community is prepared to swiftly combat these bad actors. To do this, we in Congress must ensure the agencies tasked with defending our nation have the proper funding for their proven programs and initiatives. The Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act does just that by providing support to critical national security programs, specifically those focused on combating cyberattacks, and threats posed by near-peer adversaries, like China.
"In addition, the legislation accomplishes the goal of providing support to our necessary intelligence community members in a fiscally responsible manner. The bill will also allow Congress to carry out its critical oversight role by requiring the intelligence community to provide reports on investigations of leaked information, security clearance processing, and efforts by Russia to influence foreign elections. I am glad to vote in favor of this comprehensive bill that will provide the necessary tools to ensure a safer and more secure United States."
Find more on the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (H.R. 6237) here.
Laura Peavey, Press Secretary