House cancels FISA reauthorization bill vote
UPDATED 4:40 PM PT — Thursday, May 28, 2020
House Democrats have cancelled their vote for a FISA reauthorization bill following President Trump’s dismissal of the legislation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly scrapped the chamber’s plans to take the bill up for a vote on Thursday.
The House had initially planned to vote on it Wednesday, but pushed it back. Lawmakers have since acknowledged it will likely not receive support from Republicans.
The legislation would have enacted some changes to the FISA court and reauthorized provisions for a 2015 surveillance law.
President Trump criticized the bill earlier this week, saying the Obama administration abused surveillance tools during the 2016 elections. He has thanked House Republicans for stopping the updated FISA bill from reaching his desk.
The president took to Twitter on Thursday to praise those in Congress who were responsible for blocking the bill.
He went on to criticize the legislation, which he claimed would “perpetuate the abuse that produced the greatest political crime in the history of the U.S., the Russian witch hunt.”
Thank you to our GREAT Republican Congressmen & Congresswomen on your incredibly important blockage last night of a FISA Bill that would just perpetuate the abuse that produced the Greatest Political Crime In the History of the U.S., the Russian Witch-Hunt. Fantastic Job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
The president previously stated he would veto the bill if it was passed.