Sen­a­tors push for quick action on FISA before sur­veil­lance author­i­ty laps­es

Senators push for quick action on FISA before surveillance authority lapses

Sen­ate lead­ers are sound­ing the alarm over the pos­si­bil­i­ty that a crit­i­cal intel­li­gence sur­veil­lance tool could lapse tem­porar­i­ly Fri­day unless sen­a­tors reach an agree­ment to speed up the pas­sage of the bill that would renew the pro­gram for two years.
Sec­tion 702 of the For­eign Intel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act, which autho­rizes the gov­ern­ment to spy on for­eign­ers abroad, is set to expire on Fri­day, and top law­mak­ers on both sides of the aisle are urg­ing their col­leagues not to engage in a bat­tle over amend­ing the House bill.
Sen. Mark Warn­er (D‑VA), the chair­man of the Sen­ate Intel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, praised the law as a crit­i­cal tool in iden­ti­fy­ing ter­ror­ism threats and empha­sized any kind of lapse in the pro­gram could become a major nation­al secu­ri­ty prob­lem.
“The notion that we would let … the crown jew­el of our intel­li­gence col­lec­tion abil­i­ties to go dark as we simul­ta­ne­ous­ly debate aid for Ukraine and Israel and human­i­tar­i­an relief to …