House votes to authorize State Department programs for 2013

Among other things, the bill would authorize the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), which was created last year without congressional authorization. It would also create a new office to deal with cyber security issues, and make changes to the U.S. export control regime.

The House also approved S. 2009, the Insular Areas Act, in a 378-11 vote. That bill would require a study of possible health risks to people living on an atoll in the Marshall Islands, and also delay an increase in the minimum wage in American Samoa, and require those increases to take place every three years instead of annually.

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