House votes to allow auditing of intelligence agencies

Despite previous veto threats from the White House, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would give the Government Accountability Office the power to audit intelligence agencies. The proposal, authored by Representative Anna Eschoo (D-California), chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, was approved 218-210. Although the vote was primarily along party lines, twelve Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while 49 Democrats voted against it.
 
A similar effort to expand the GAO’s oversight of federal spy operations was derailed last year after President Barack Obama threatened to veto it. No word yet on where the White House stands on this latest amendment.

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