|Washington, D.C.— Members
serving on two of the most sensitive committees in the U.S. Congress
would be required to obtain a security clearance under legislation
introduced today by Congressman Steve Buyer (IN-04). H.
Res  would amend the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives to
require any Member who wants to serve on either the Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence or the Department of Defense Appropriations
Subcommittee to first obtain a security clearance.
House Committee on Rules is currently working on a package to address
House lobbying reform and Congressman Buyer urged the Committee to
include his language in such a measure.
before the Rules Committee today, Buyer stated, “These two Committees
have access to the most closely guarded secrets our nation possesses. These Committees are positions of the highest level of trust. I
do not believe that asking Members to obtain a clearance in exchange
for the privilege of serving on these Committees is too much to ask to
show the American people that we take this trust seriously.”
all Members must take an oath of office at the beginning of each
Congress. The only other measure required of Members is the signing of
a non-disclosure oath prior to accessing classified information.
recently as last year, one of our Members had access to the highest
levels of classified material that this country possesses due to his
seat on the House Intelligence Committee and Defense Appropriations
Subcommittee. This same Member was also convicted of taking bribes and steering millions of dollars in defense and intelligence contracts. As disgraceful as that is to our institution, what if the disgrace had involved classified information?” Buyer added.
“It is my hope that this legislation is included in the comprehensive lobbying and ethics reform package. This
Chamber is at a crossroads right now and we must take advantage of the
will of its Members and the will of our constituents to ensure that
this nation’s secrets are guarded by individuals of the highest
integrity,” said Buyer.