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Bid to extend U.S. surveillance tools stalls after Trump threatens veto

Added 05-27-20 11:10:04pm EST - “An effort to extend parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) stalled in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump promised to veto it and Republicans withdrew their support.” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Bid to extend U.S. surveillance tools stalls after Trump threatens veto”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An effort to extend parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) stalled in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump promised to veto it and Republicans withdrew their support.

The House of Representatives’ Democratic leaders said late on Wednesday a vote on renewing three government surveillance rules that expired in March would not take place as expected. There was no word on when a vote might be rescheduled.

Trump threatened a veto on Twitter earlier on Wednesday, posting: “If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it.”

After the tweet, none of Trump’s fellow Republicans in the House backed a procedural measure related to the bill. Some of the 183 Republican “no” votes came from lawmakers who previously supported it.

With liberal Democratic privacy hawks also opposing the legislation, it was not clear that it could pass. Congress has never overridden a Trump veto.

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