#UK House passes intelligence bill with policy guidelines


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to authorize a 7 percent spending increase on intelligence agencies for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2016.

The bill passed Tuesday by a vote of 364 to 58. It must be reconciled with a similar measure pending in the Senate.

A House fact sheet says the bill authorizes spending at a level that is 7 percent higher than the current year’s enacted budget.

Most of the measure is classified. The unclassified portions contain a variety of policy guidance and requirements.

For example, the bill requires regular reports to Congress describing the number of foreign fighters going to and from Syria and Iraq.

It also restricts the president’s privacy and civil liberties board from obtaining information about covert CIA operations.

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