House rejects last-ditch effort by hard-line conservatives to block FISA reauthorization

The House rejected a final effort by hard-line Republicans to block the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act over objections a measure was not included to prohibit warrantless searches by the federal government. 

Lawmakers voted 259-128 to table a motion to reconsider, paving the way for the House to send the FISA bill to the Senate before its expiration date on Friday. The vote comes after a group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), sought to impede its transfer to the upper chamber in protest of an amendment that was shot down that would’ve required the federal government to obtain a warrant before executing data searches of U.S. communications in the FISA 702 database.

Typically, the transfer from the lower to upper chamber is merely a formality,
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