Congress is one step closer to reauthorizing a controversial tool

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Congress is now one step closer to extending the life of a key federal government surveillance tool known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
A bill to reauthorize FISA’s Section 702 passed through the House Rules Committee on Tuesday night, the final hurdle for a piece of legislation before it’s considered House-wide.
But critics, which include both conservatives and progressives, have been seeking to limit its scope after reported instances of abuse to collect data on Americans.
The current process is House GOP leaders’ third attempt at the tool’s renewal before the April 19 deadline.
Under terms agreed upon in the Rules Committee, the House will vote on an amendment backed by the Judiciary Committee to ban warrantless searches of U.S. citizens before voting on the final bill.
A GOP lawmaker opposed to the amendment told Fox News Digital on Tuesday evening, “That would effectively kill 702, if that passed.”
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Section 702 renewal bill on Thursday, Fox News Digital is told.
On Wednesday, administration officials will descend on Capitol Hill for an all-member House briefing on FISA.

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) Section 702 is a crucial federal government surveillance tool that Congress is now one step closer to extending.

The House Rules Committee gave a vote on a bill reauthorizing FISA’s Section 702 on Tuesday night, clearing the last hurdle before the bill is considered by the entire House. 9 votes were needed to pass it.

A provision known as Section 702 permits the federal government to monitor a foreign national outside of the U.S. without a warrant. S. even if the individual on the other end of the conversation is an American citizen, if they are suspected of having links to terrorism.

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Intel community members and national security hawks have referred to it as a vital tool in stopping another attack similar to the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. However, after hearing about cases of abuse to gather information on Americans, critics—both conservatives and progressives—have been working to restrict its use.

During Speaker Mike Johnson’s tenure, the House Republicans faced one of their most acrimonious debates over the renewal of Section 702. likewise struggles with an extremely narrow majority. This is the House GOP leaders’ third attempt to renew the tool before the deadline of April 19.

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A compromise bill between the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, known as the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act, aims to prevent abuse by putting safeguards in place for access to Section 702-collected data, especially when it involves a U.S. s. person.

The Judiciary Committee-backed amendment to outlaw warrantless searches of U.S. property will be put to a vote in the House on terms decided upon by the Rules Committee. S. prior to the final bill’s vote by the public.

That would essentially kill 702 if that passed, a Republican lawmaker opposed to the amendment stated to Fox News Digital on Tuesday night. “.

An amendment proposed by privacy advocates, led by Rep., was left out of the final bill. The law proposed by Ohio Representative Warran Davidson would have required the federal government to obtain a warrant prior to purchasing U.S. S. citizens’ information from outside brokers.

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The House Intelligence Committee was primarily among the opponents of that provision, arguing that it had no bearing on Section 702 and would have made it more difficult for the legislation to pass the Senate.

Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, is the majority whip in the house. stated earlier on Tuesday to Fox News Digital that Davidson’s amendment would be put to a vote later on as a stand-alone bill.

According to Fox News Digital, the House of Representatives will likely vote on the Section 702 renewal bill on Thursday. Administration representatives will assemble on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to brief members of the House on FISA.

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