Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
Sent By:
Megan.McNamara@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

 

Ensuring America’s national security requires professional and competent intelligence agencies. But the urgency of the mission assigned to the 16 intelligence agencies should not shield them from budget accountability and transparency. In fact, the urgency
of their mission makes the need for transparency even greater in order to assure Congress and the American people of the quality and effectiveness of their work.

We ask you to join us in cosponsoring legislation to ensure transparency in our intelligence community. H.R. 5406 would require the President to disclose, in his annual budget request to Congress, the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known
to conduct intelligence activities.

The 9/11 Commission Report states, “when even aggregate categorical numbers remain hidden, it is hard to judge priorities and foster accountability.” For that reason, the 9/11 Commission recommended that the top-line budget figures for each intelligence
agency be disclosed. Our legislation is wholly consistent with that recommendation.

Simply disclosing the top-line spending at these agencies would not risk national security by identifying specific activities. It would, however, shed some much-needed light on the secrecy surrounding intelligence spending. The American people will be better
served by knowing where they send their hard-earned tax dollars.

This bill is identical to the version introduced last Congress, H.R. 2272. Senator Wyden and Senator Paul have introduced companion legislation in the Senate (S. 2631).

The bill would require disclosure of funding requests from the following agencies: Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland
Security, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, and Navy
Intelligence. 

 

To cosponsor this legislation, please contact Megan McNamara (megan.mcnamara@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Welch’s office or Mark O’Neil (mark.o’neil@mail.house.gov)
in Congressman Sensenbrenner’s office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Peter Welch                                                                 F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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