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Trade Facilitation And Trade Enforcement Bill February 11, 2016
Susan Collins, R-ME
"The Cantwell-Collins bill also has enhanced information sharing between the United States and Europe regarding the identities of suspected terrorists. If our intelligence community can provide more information to European border authorities and they can use it in the screening of the more than 1 million migrants that are arriving in Europe, we simultaneously improve the security of Europe and of the United States."
Energy Policy Modernization Act Of 2015 February 1, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"As we know, there are several different levels of classification for government correspondence, some more sensitive than others, but the inspector general went on to say that these emails were “determined by the [intelligence community] element to be at the Confidential, Secret and the Top Secret/SAP level.” That “SAP” term may be a new one to a lot of people, but it is an acronym that means special access programs. It is the most sensitive classified information known to the U.S. Government, and it is a classification even above “top secret.”"
Tribute To David Grannis January 26, 2016
Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
"Madam President, today I wish to pay tribute and offer my heartfelt thanks to one of my most trusted advisers, David Grannis. David has served me on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for over a decade, beginning as my designee in March of 2005, then as my staff director from January of 2009 when I took over as chairman of the Committee. Over this decade, I have grown to trust his expertise and advice on all aspects of our oversight of the Intelligence Community and to rely on David’s keen abilities to manage the committee in a fair and bipartisan manner, while shepherding through some of the Nation’s most important and sometimes controversial legislation."
Foia Oversight And Implementation Act Of 2015 January 11, 2016
Jason Chaffetz, R-UT
"Dear Chairman Chaffetz: On January 7, 2016, your committee ordered H.R. 653, the “FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015,” reported. As you know, H.R. 653 contains several provisions that implicate the work of agencies within the jurisdiction of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The bill addresses how elements of the Intelligence Community (IC), as defined in section 3(4) of the National Security Act of 1947, may protect sensitive information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On the basis of your consultations with the Committee, I understand that H.R. 653 has been crafted to avoid compelling the disclosure of any properly classified information, or other information where disclosure would adversely affect intelligence sources and methods protected by an existing FOIA exemption. In particular, I understand that H.R. 653 does not allow or require FOIA requesters to obtain IC records or information, without regard to the age of the records or information, if such disclosure would adversely affect intelligence sources and methods. I further understand that H.R. 653 does not alter an Intelligence Community element’s discretion over the language it chooses to use in denying records or information sought pursuant to FOIA. Specifically, I understand that the requirement in Section 2(f)(3) for federal agencies to include “a list” of all denied records preserves an Intelligence Community element’s discretion regarding the contents of the required “list.” To the extent that elaboration of any list would adversely affect intelligence sources and methods, an IC element may cite to the applicable FOIA exemption to meet the list requirement. I would appreciate your response to this letter confirming these understandings and would request that you include a copy of this letter in the Congressional Record during its floor consideration. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Sincerely, Devin Nunes, Chairman."
Military Construction And Veterans Affairs And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 December 17, 2015
Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ
"In an increasingly dangerous world, the Defense and Intelligence portions of this act provide funding for our Armed Forces and our intelligence community to confront the multiple threats we face across the world, what some have described as the long war against extremism."

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