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This week in Congress: CIA, FBI secret spending

The House is back for a short work week…

The House returns from recess on Wednesday for a short workweek and is expected to take up the Intelligence Authorization Act that will lay out the spending priorities for the government’s clandestine services.

It’s an annual guessing game in Washington to figure out exactly what is in the bill, because it’s mostly top secret.

Very little of the bill is public information, although it does allow that $514 million will be set aside for the CIA’s retirement and disability fund. Additionally, $530 million would be approved for the Intelligence Community Management Account of the Director of National Intelligence.

In addition to the CIA, the bill authorizes funding for the FBI, National Security Agency, and intelligence activities at other agencies including the Defense, Energy Justice and State Departments.

Key Republican leaders sent word to Attorney General Eric Holder that he must comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to the ongoing investigation of Fast and Furious, or face contempt charges by the full House.

“If necessary, the House will act to fulfill our Constitutional obligations in the coming weeks,” said the letter from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Because of the short workweek, few hearings are scheduled in the House. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, and two Energy subcommittees will hold an oversight hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Senate is in recess this week, but upon their return June 4 they will need to turn to several pieces of unfinished business including the Paycheck Fairness Act, Farm bill, cyber security, and several appropriation measures.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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