House passes FISA renewal capping months of GOP infighting

The House voted to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Friday, a win for national security hawks that brings an end to months of standstills and infighting within the GOP over how to reform the key surveillance tool.

Lawmakers passed the newest version of the legislation, 273 to 147, that includes a two-year sunset on FISA, with the promise of a standalone vote on Rep. Warren Davidson’s (R-OH) bill, “Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act” sometime next week. Though the sunset change and standalone vote are wins for House Judiciary Committee members, several lawmakers were displeased that the legislation did not include warrant requirements for federal agencies to search U.S. citizens’ data — an outcome favored by House Intelligence Committee members and their national security allies.

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