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Congress has again advanced a bill to reauthorize the US’s warrantless surveillance authority after it failed to gain enough votes in the House earlier this week.

The House Rules Committee sent the FISA reauthorization measure to the floor late Thursday night, setting up a vote expected on Friday. This move comes after a prior version faced obstacles from within the GOP ranks, leading to significant amendments.

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After the revised version was proposed, negotiations among Republicans led to concessions, including a reduction in the authorization period from five to two years and an amendment introducing a warrant requirement for reviewing Americans’ data. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) hinted at changing his vote to approve the bill, saying, “I am heavily inclined to [vote for the rule], but I’m just looking at the text.”


Despite Congressman Roy’s likely vote switch, some members of Congress remain uneasy about the bill. Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) was still undecided, telling reporters he needed to review the legislative text first. Similarly, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) expressed unease, saying, “I’m a little uneasy about the rule but could probably hold my nose and vote for it.”

This comes as House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said that Democrats will not help pass the measure, which means the GOP must achieve near-unanimity.


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