US lawmakers are set to put the law to a vote this week.
The US Senate will this week make a new attempt to extend part of the foreign intelligence surveillance act (FISA), which expired two months ago. The leader of the Senate majority, Mitch McConnell, stated.
“We must act quickly to restore order and update the powers [provided by the law],” he said.
The democratic-led House of Representatives supported the “USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020,” expanding its provisions in March. However, the Republican-led Senate failed to pass the bill before going on vacation. Instead, senators supported extending the law for 77 days, but the measure was not considered in the House of Representatives. This led to the fact that three provisions of the foreign intelligence surveillance Act concerning the ability of the US government to receive and store information, which expired on March 15, were not extended.
The provisions have met with harsh criticism from privacy advocates, including liberal Democrats and several Republicans. As the Senate considers the bill this week, it is also expected to vote on amendments designed to control the law.
President Trump, who is convinced that surveillance provided by the law was improperly used against his campaign staff during the 2016 campaign, has demanded tighter control over the operation of the law.
Supporters of the surveillance program consider it an essential tool for the efforts of the security services in the fight against terrorism.