FISA Reauthorization Passes the House
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives with Congressman Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) support. This bipartisan reauthorization permits the U.S. government to target foreign citizens located overseas to obtain foreign intelligence information.
“As I said on the House Floor this morning, America currently faces an array of threats, more complicated than anything we have endured in the past. In order to keep U.S. interests and troops abroad safe from harm, we must ensure that our intelligence community has the tools it needs to provide imperative intelligence to our soldiers.”
“I’m deeply disturbed by the deception and misinformation that has been put forward by those opposing this bill. It is not bulk collection of information. It is not a program that targets Americans. It is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil and keeping the homeland safe. Section 702 of FISA is one of the most critical national security tools used by our intelligence community. I am pleased that the House passed the reauthorization today, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act quickly to ensure our intelligence community is not left operating in the dark.”