An anti-espionage amendment giving the Defense Department the power to administer lie-detector tests to its 4 million military and civilian employees who handle classified information was adopted by the House on a vote of 333 for and 71 against.
Although most of the testing of those individuals would be done randomly, the amendment would require polygraph testing of all personnel applying for the department's highest security clearances.
The amendment reflected congressional concern over the unfolding military spy scandal. It was attached to the fiscal 1986 military authorization bill (HR 1872) that was headed for final passage and conference with the Senate.
Members voting yes wanted to give the Pentagon sweeping new authority to administer lie-detector tests to employees.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x
By a vote of 229 for and 193 against, the House voted to prevent U.S. testing of anti-satellite, or ASAT, weaponry against targets in space as long as the Soviet Union refrains from similar testing. General research and less-advanced testing could continue under the amendment, which was attached to the $214-billion military authorization bill for 1986. Anti-satellite weapons are designed to destroy satellites that the enemy has orbited to provide an early warning against incoming missiles and to serve a military command function. America's anti-satellite weapons are to be distinguished from its proposed "Star Wars" defensive shield against enemy missiles.