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Faso votes to extend warrantless spy bill

Jan 11, 2018 3:33 pm
Charlie Savage, Eileen Sullivan, and Nicholas Fandos report in The New York Times that Rep. John Faso voted Jan. 11 to continue to allow the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without a warrant. The vote, 256 to 164, continued an expiring law that permits the government, without a warrant, to gather communications of foreigners abroad from United States firms such as Google and AT&T — even when they are talking to Americans. The bill still needs Senate approval, which is expected, and a signature from the president. Donald Trump seemed to be both for and against the bill in tweets this week, but is expected to sign the bill. Faso released a statement explaining his vote, writing, “Our intelligence community is critical in our efforts to protect the nation from terror threats. We have made significant improvements since 9/11 in reducing the siloing of information among intelligence agencies to prevent large scale terrorist attacks.” Earlier in the day, Faso voted against an amendment to the bill that would force the NSA to obtain a court order before getting any American's personal information. Read the full story in The New York Times.