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Stewart Champions FISA Reform

Mar 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed FISA reforms authored by Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02).  The USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172, contains significant FISA reforms, many of which come directly from Rep. Stewart’s FISA Improvements Act, H.R. 5396.

Rep. Stewart has been a leader on FISA reform. He has worked directly with President Trump and Attorney General Barr to develop necessary reforms to ensure that the abuses outlined in the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report never happen again.

Following the House’s passage of the bill, Congressman Stewart released the following statement:

“The FISA reforms outlined in this bill will stop the shocking abuses of power related to the 2016 election from ever happening again. FISA is a critical part of our national security and I am proud to have authored the bill that is the basis for so many of these significant—and necessary—reforms.” – Rep. Chris Stewart

 

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act contains Rep. Stewart’s following reforms:

  • Assigns Amicus Curiae to represent American citizens before the FISC
  • Requires transcripts for all FISC proceedings
  • Requires transcripts of all interactions with court employees
  • Guarantees House Intelligence Committee members access to all FISA applications
  • Requires additional certification that FISA applications are accurate

 

Prior to the vote, Rep. Stewart spoke on the House Floor. Watch here.

 

 

More about Rep. Stewart’s work on FISA reform:

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a leader on this issue, Rep. Stewart has attended many meetings at the White House with President Trump, A.G. Barr, and Intelligence Community officials. Rep. Stewart has also worked closely with both GOP and Democrat Leadership to ensure the passage of these critical reforms.

In December, Congressman Stewart proactively introduced the FISA Improvements Act, knowing that essential provisions would expire on March 15, 2020. Read the full press release here

Rep. Stewart has been very vocal about Congress’ need to reform FISA. Instead of proposing to remove these critical national security programs, Congressman Stewart has fought to work with officials to preserve and reform these essential programs. Read his latest op-ed printed in the Washington Examiner here.