(NewsReady.com) – With the Heroes Act in gridlock, the House moved to vote on the FISA renewal proposal recently drafted by the Senate. However, things didn’t go as planned. Now, Congress is trying to figure out what to do next.
The FISA renewal was dropped after a lack of popular support and a veto threat from President Donald Trump.
If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it. Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
The House and Senate are set to work together to draft another version, though they haven’t laid out a timeline. The FISA bill would have reauthorized three primary surveillance provisions:
- Business records: would authorize the government to collect info from internet and phone service providers
- Roving wiretaps: allows investigators to eavesdrop to individuals switching phone numbers or utilizing “burner phones”
- Lone wolf: enables the government to keep an eye on foreigners suspected of giving aid for foreign terrorists, even if not directly tied to terrorist groups
These reauthorizations were initially in Attorney General William Barr’s favor when it passed the House, as it would protect against surveillance power abuses. However, when the Senate made revisions last week with an 80-16 vote to send back to the House for approval, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated the new version would lower investigation powers.
The “spy bill” has failed to be renewed several times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, with so much going on, it’s unclear how long it’ll be until it finally passes through Congress.
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