Blue Dog Coalition Endorses the Prevention and Oversight of Intelligence Sharing with Enemies (POISE) Act

Jun 8, 2017
Press Release

The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 2645, the Prevention and Oversight of Intelligence Sharing with Enemies (POISE) Act, which was introduced by Blue Dog Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL).

The POISE Act requires the President to notify congressional intelligence committees when an official in the executive branch of the federal government, including the President, knowingly or unintentionally reveals Top Secret classified information to the representatives of a nation that is designated to be a state sponsor of terrorism or is the subject of U.S. economic sanctions based on state-sponsored conduct.

Executive Order 12356 states that the unauthorized disclosure of information that falls under the Top Secret classification level “could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.”

The POISE Act would deter disclosure of Top Secret information to representatives of foreign adversaries, and empower Congress to exercise its appropriate oversight function by evaluating the rationale behind these disclosures, examining any potential damage, and taking any other appropriate oversight action.

“At a time when discussions about our national security are increasingly political and partisan, the Blue Dogs are staying focused on commonsense solutions that protect our country,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the co-chair for communications. “It is crucial for Congress to have oversight authority over all U.S. officials, including the President, when it comes to disclosing highly sensitive information.”

“The POISE Act is a smart, commonsense solution for a serious problem that not only undermines our national security and our interests around the world, but also has potential to endanger the lives of the men and women who work every day to protect us and purse our interests through diplomacy, our military, and our national security apparatus,” said Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), co-chair for policy. “The POISE Act would empower Congress to have a stronger check on the executive branch, and in turn, better protect the American people.”

“We’re proud to have members like Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, who brings her professional expertise in defense and national security policy to the table,” said Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), co-chair for administration. “It’s the Blue Dog way to rise above the political rhetoric, roll up your sleeves and get things done for the American people. Congresswoman Murphy’s work on the POISE Act certainly embodies that principle.”

“The Blue Dog Coalition is a proven leader on issues of fiscal responsibility and national security, and I’m proud my bill has earned their endorsement,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy. “As a former national security specialist at the Department of Defense, I’ve seen the damage our adversaries can cause when they gain access to our classified information. When U.S. intelligence falls into the wrong hands, it puts our service members, intelligence officers, and diplomats at risk and undermines our national security interests around the world. My bill would deter unjustified disclosures of Top Secret information and empower Congress to conduct appropriate oversight whenever such information is intentionally or inadvertently disclosed.”