House postpones vote to reauthorize key parts of lapsed surveillance program

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BREAKING: Top Democrats postponed a vote on Wednesday to reauthorize key parts of the federal surveillance program known as FISA after an 11th hour revolt by Republicans and progressive Democrats

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats postponed a vote on Wednesday to reauthorize key parts of the federal surveillance program known as FISA, after an 11th hour revolt by Republicans and progressive Democrats.Democrats have not decided when or if they will take up the bill. The legislation had broad bipartisan support in the Senate, but lost support from GOP lawmakers after sudden resistance from President Donald Trump and the Justice Department.

GOP opposition to the plan, meanwhile, has mounted. President Donald Trump issued his strongest statement yet against the bill, tweeting: "If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it." "We'll act upon it today one way or another," Pelosi told reporters as she left the House floor, although she wouldn't predict whether the measure would pass or what version of the legislation would be considered.The House now plans to take up the Senate’s version of the bill — which passed by a massive bipartisan margin — though progressives and Republicans have indicated they won’t support it.

And on Wednesday morning the Department of Justice formally came out against the legislation, a striking reversal given that Attorney General William Barr helped negotiate key privacy provisions in the bill,But Rep. Zoe Lofgren , who had drafted the new language on search histories, dismissed Barr’s comments on Wednesday morning, arguing that he has a “very expansive view of executive power.”

The latest rupture began over a proposal by Wyden to block the FBI from collecting the web browsing data of Americans. Wyden’s plan failed by a single vote in the Senate, but Lofgren negotiated with House leaders to bring it up for a House vote when the chamber considered the broader bill.

 

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Obama spied on Germany, he tapped Merkel’s phone. She knew it, said it publicly, media reported about it, there were no consequences, why? This should not be ok.

Insolent racists, how could they delay such important legislation? We need the government to be constantly watching over us, to protect us.

Makes sense about progressives. Here in Seattle they installed a bunch of homeland security cameras with plans for monitoring. People learned about it after the fact. There was a backlash. The cameras now all point to the sky. Program didn’t start

Terminate that shit

LOL now they care? After Trump has already signed one reauthorization during his term?

Because he knows he left fingerprints behind.

Where's JoeBiden?

Republicans have reauthorized that things dozens of times. They're full of sheet.

Ahhhhhhh yeah!!!! Like wow!

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