After months of articulate about several reforms, the House voted Thursday 256-164 to replenish Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) with only singular changes, rejecting all critical restrictions on surveillance.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) shielded the renovation on the grounds that “we don’t know what the terrorists are up to,” despite the territory having been in place for years, permitting the same mass surveillance, and abuse already.
The check still has to get by the Senate, which may not indispensably be an easy task. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) both coming out against any long-term extension, and Sen. Paul has pronounced he will filibuster any chronicle of the check that doesn’t embody the major remodel of requiring warrants to surveil Americans.
So distant there’s no denote that the Senate care has any some-more ardour for critical remodel than the House did, but this bipartisan opposition, and hazard of a filibuster, may make renovation reduction certain.
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