Senate advances vote on reauthorizing warrantless surveillance program

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The Senate is shifting ahead on a vote to reauthorize a controversial program that permits warrantless surveillance of overseas “targets.” Earlier than voting on the reauthorization invoice, senators needed to vote on a cloture movement to start voting. The cloture movement handed 67–32, simply at some point forward of this system’s expiration.

Part 702 of the International Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is ready to run out at midnight on April 19th, a deadline some senators emphasised as they urged their colleagues to vote in favor of reauthorization. “It’s onerous to overstate both the significance — the gravity — of permitting it to sundown, but we’re 36 hours away from that taking place,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) stated on the Senate ground. “I perceive that a few of my…

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