Rogers and Ruppersberger praise passage of FY 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill

Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) praised the passage on Tuesday of the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill.

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives by voice vote, authorizes funding levels slightly below the president's budget request, while ensuring continued oversight of the intelligence community. The legislation authorizes funding for multiple national security functions including global monitoring of foreign militaries, weapons tests and arms control treaties.

"There is certainly no shortage of threats facing the United States," Rogers and Ruppersberger said. "Al Qaeda continues to march across Iraq and Syria. Iran continues with its nuclear ambitions. North Korea continues its saber-rattling. Russia continues its brazen advances, and China continues to steal American innovation through cyber espionage."

The FY 2014 Intelligence Authorization bill also funds research and technology to maintain U.S. technological superiority, real-time analysis and reporting on political and economic events, National Security Agency surveillance of foreign intelligence targets and cyber defense, tactical support to combat units in Afghanistan, and CIA personnel and their activities.

"This bill ensures that our brave men and women on the front lines, as well as those supporting them, have the tools they need to continue detecting, disrupting, and preventing attacks to our homeland and our allies," Rogers and Ruppersberger said. "At the same time, it enhances transparency, privacy and civil liberties."

The bill will now go to President Obama for his signature.