House Blocks FISA Spy Bill, Oppo­nents Demand War­rant Require­ment

House Blocks FISA Spy Bill, Opponents Demand Warrant Requirement

On Wednes­day, the GOP-led House blocked the advance­ment of a bill that sought to reau­tho­rize Sec­tion 702 of the For­eign Intel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act (FISA) for five years and imple­ment reforms on the con­tro­ver­sial spy tool.
The vote tanked a rule to bring the leg­is­la­tion up for con­sid­er­a­tion, cre­at­ing a major set­back for House Speak­er Mike John­son (R‑LA), who vouched for the bill after for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urged law­mak­ers to reject the spy pro­gram used to mon­i­tor non‑U.S. cit­i­zens abroad.
Nine­teen Repub­li­cans joined with all vot­ing Democ­rats to oppose mov­ing for­ward. The final tal­ly was 193–228. Ten mem­bers, includ­ing six Repub­li­cans and four Democ­rats, did not vote.
What lead­er­ship will do next is not imme­di­ate­ly clear, but it is pos­si­ble law­mak­ers will go for anoth­er exten­sion with no reforms. They have until April 19 to reau­tho­rize Sec­tion 702 before it sun­sets.
Many of the law­mak­ers who opposed the bill demand­ed the addi­tion o …