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
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