Biden signs FISA extension into law after race to avoid lapse

President Joe Biden signed a law Saturday to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the government to collect intelligence information about foreigners outside the United States.

The bill, known as the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act, passed the House earlier this month, and the Senate had to race to pass it before midnight Saturday, when the program was set to expire. With Biden’s signature, it has been reauthorized for two years.

In a statement acknowledging the bill becoming law, White House officials thanked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), “and many others for their leadership.”

Before the president signed the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act, Biden administration officials had warned the lapse in the surveillance program
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