House Over­comes Final Hur­dle To Send FISA Reau­tho­riza­tion Bill To Sen­ate

House Overcomes Final Hurdle To Send FISA Reauthorization Bill To Senate

The GOP-led House over­came one last remain­ing hur­dle on Mon­day to approve a bill that would reau­tho­rize Sec­tion 702 of the For­eign Intel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act (FISA), a spy tool that pro­po­nents say is crit­i­cal to pro­tect­ing nation­al secu­ri­ty, and send it to the Sen­ate before the for­eign data col­lec­tion author­i­ties sun­set at the end of this week.
Law­mak­ers vot­ed 259–128 to table a motion to recon­sid­er the leg­is­la­tion that was intro­duced right after the cham­ber passed it on Fri­day. The last-ditch effort to stave off the bill was spear­head­ed by Rep. Anna Pauli­na Luna (R‑FL), who urged col­leagues to join in her in demand­ing a war­rant require­ment to address con­cerns about FISA abuse and pri­va­cy.
Luna sent a let­ter to Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats, ral­ly­ing sup­port for her cause. She made a spe­cif­ic appeal to the 56 mem­bers who vot­ed to pass the FISA bill after …