House votes to impose more oversight, training at Secret Service

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The House passed legislation Monday evening to reform the United States Secret Service, which has been plagued with a string of mishaps and scandals, including an incident involving a fence jumper who made it into the East Room of the White House.

Lawmakers voted 365-16 to pass bipartisan Secret Service Improvement Act, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and backed nearly universally by both parties.

The bill mandates more training hours, more oversight and improvement to eliminate vulnerabilities in the agency, such as a recent drone landing on the White House lawn.

The bill would also boost manpower significantly, requiring the agency director to hire no fewer than 80 new agents and 200 additional division officers. The bill authorizes funding to pay for the additional resources for the agency, but it also includes new congressional oversight by requiring the Secret Service director to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than simply appointed by the president.