Pelosi Floor Speech in Support of Intelligence Authorization Act

Jul 28, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the Floor of the House in support of H.R. 3180, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.  The bill passed 380-35.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:
Leader Pelosi.  I thank the gentleman for yielding and join our colleague in saluting the [Intelligence] Committee for bringing this bipartisan legislation to the Floor.  So many issues that the [Intelligence] Committee has to deal with [are bipartisan] – I know that full well, as a previous Ranking Member.
And I know we all agree that every chance we get, we want to salute the patriotic men and women of the Intelligence Community for their ceaseless heroism and unblinking vigilance to keep the American people safe.  I thank them for all they do for force protection and conflict representation.  
The quiet professionals of the U.S. Intelligence Community work every day to keep this country safe and our leaders informed.  Respect for their work is essential.  I thank you, Mr. Ranking Member [Adam] Schiff and Members of the Committee, Mr. [Adam] Schiff, for your leadership, and I commend all the Members of the Committee for their dedication to those same goals.  
I’m sorry that this bill is coming up in a closed rule so that Members cannot offer amendments.  One such Amendment might be about an independent commission.  It is the judgment of the Intelligence Committee as expressed in the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a multifaceted active measures campaign so he discord in our political process and help one presidential candidate and hurt the other. 
For this reason, we continue to ask for an outside independent commission to look forward on how to prevent Russians and others from meddling in our election system again.  The [Eric] Swalwell - [Elijah] Cummings Commission has 200 bipartisan co-sponsors. 
I also want to salute the Chairman, our Ranking Member and Homeland Security Ranking Member, Bennie Thompson, for his for his leadership to strengthen the preparedness of the election infrastructure of the United States to identify and withstand a foreign attack.  
Our election systems are a part of the critical infrastructure of our country.  Some of the most critical infrastructure of our democracy itself, we must protect it. 
The United States must reject foreign intervention in our elections, no matter which party it helps or which party it hurts.  An oath of office – our oath of office is to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies – foreign and domestic. 
Working with the Intelligence Committee to better ensure the integrity of our elections is vital too to that goal. 
So I urge a yes vote on this bipartisan legislation.  I salute the Members of the [Intelligence] Committee. I especially want to acknowledge the tremendous leadership of our [Intelligence Committee] Ranking Member, Mr. [Adam] Schiff of California. 
With that I yield back the balance of my time. 

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