US House of Representatives passed an intelligence policy bill that calls for a high-level panel to counter Russian political interference around the globe, informs Associated Press.
The bipartisan bill, which passed by voice vote 390-30, addresses national security threats, activities of the U.S. intelligence community and congressional oversite issues. It has a classified annex.
Both the House and Senate versions of the bill call for setting up a new, interagency panel to stifle Russian attempts to "exert covert influence over peoples and governments."
The bill says the committee would be charged with "countering active measures by Russia to exert covert influence, including exposing falsehoods, agents of influence, corruption, human rights abuses, terrorism and assassinations carried out by the security services or political elites of the Russian Federation or their proxies."
Authors of the bill mean that this inter-ministerial group will comprise the representatives of the State Department, the FBI, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Department of Energy, as well as the management of national intelligence director.
In addition, as reported by RIA Novosti, US House of Representatives passed a bill that would limit the movement of Russian diplomats in the country.
The bill assumes that employees accredited for Russian diplomatic missions in the United States will not be able to travel more than 40 kilometers from their jobs in the course of a calendar quarter.