House reauthorizes controversial surveillance program

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That amendment failed by a vote of 233-183. He was referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which lets spy agencies collect information on foreign targets overseas.

In a recent speech, Wray said: "I'm going to say this over and over and over again". The Senate still must vote. Sen.

Most lawmakers expect it to become law, although it still would require Senate approval and Trump's signature.

Amid confusion over whether Trump's original tweet put the program in jeopardy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Ryan to cancel the vote.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted against an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, that would've made it harder for agencies to access information linked to Americans. Trump suggested that the Obama administration used this law to spy on him and his campaign.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., seen here January 10, said before Thursday's vote that the FISA program is "our nation's most indispensable national security tool".

"This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?" But in an apparent clean-up operation, Trump was forced to fire off a tweet declaring this of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "We need it!"

On Wednesday, the White House issued a statement opposing changes to the program.

The U.S. intelligence services are enacting a mandate from President Donald Trump to establish guidelines on "unmasking" the identities of U.S. citizens in intelligence reports. "Abouts" collection occurs when communications that mention a target-the surveillance includes information about an individual-are swept up in addition to those to or from a target. "And we're supposed to make those decisions to keep our country safe". "The Constitution really isn't guaranteed to everyone around the world, it's guaranteed to us here", he said. The House Freedom Caucus declared its support for it, underscoring the splintering inside the GOP on the surveillance authority.

The White House has urged lawmakers to vote no on the amendment. The bill also "prohibits the government from collecting communications that it knows are fully domestic", Amash said.

Civil liberties groups fear that the government can use that data to go after Americans for crimes such as tax evasion or minor drug offenses that have nothing to do with terrorism.

"The administration has voiced support for reauthorization but I think the president indicated to me that he believes that any reauthorization should have significant reforms", Paul said.

"This is a responsible compromise between those who would say we ought to have a clean reauthorization and those that say we shouldn't be doing queries of USA persons under any circumstances", Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, said Tuesday during a lengthy Rules Committee hearing. Amtrak is officially BANNED and I'm closing all subway systems until further notice.

"We allow information to be gathered on foreigners in foreign lands without the Constitution".

The final vote was 256-164. Though they would not have the force of law, Nunes has said he would still support renewing the program. Americans' communications are inadvertently swept up in the process and privacy advocates and some lawmakers want to require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a warrant if it wants to query and view the content of Americans' communications that are in the database to build domestic crime cases.