Massie Warns: The FISA Bill Isn’t Dead Yet

A U.S. House procedural vote on renewing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) may have been torpedoed by 19 Republican lawmakers on Wednesday but Congressman Thomas Massie warns that it’s too soon to celebrate.


Massie noted that on partisan procedural votes like this, it’s typically the Democrats who vote no while Republicans vote yes. The Kentucky Congressman explained that many of the Republicans who voted in favor of the resolution were anxious to get a recorded vote on warrants.

Massie said it remains to be seen whether the 19 Republicans who voted against the resolution did the best thing or not.

Massie explained that the differing tactics employed by himself, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and other defenders of the Constitution required that they part ways with the 19 Republicans who voted against the measure to temporarily halt its progress.

He went on to describe four different ways the FISA renewal battle may yet play out in Congress.

Section 702 of the FISA is set to expire on April 19.

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