Congressman Turner, Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement after House passage of the Intelligence Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 2596). This annual authorization bill provides the U.S. intelligence enterprise the authorization needed to carry out its mission.

“I am proud of the work done by the House Intelligence Committee under the leadership of Chairman Devin Nunes. The FY2016 bill strikes an important balance between protecting the homeland and ensuring the freedoms and rights of all American citizens. 

“Furthermore, the bill ensures the continuation of critical intelligence programs such as National Air and Space Intelligence Center headquartered at Wright-Patt.

 In addition, Congressman Turner included an amendment, which the House approved. This amendment requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress on the funding of political parties and Non-Governmental Organizations in former Soviet states by the Russian Federation and its security and intelligence services.

“I continue to be concerned with a resurgent Russia determined to destabilize the West and various Euro-Atlantic institutions such as NATO. My amendment seeks to increase understanding of non-military Russian tactics in order to effectively plan for and combat Russian aggression.”

Click here to read the text of the amendment.