"Section 702 has been instrumental in preventing attacks on the homeland and removing terrorists from the battlefield", the letter said. The move follows unsubstantiated charges by President Donald Trump that his predecessor's administration spied on his campaign and improperly "unmasked" the identities of his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition.
The Senate must still vote on the matter although as The New York Times highlights, fewer lawmakers there seem to favor changes to spying laws.
The House rejected the so called "USA Rights" amendment, which, among other things, prohibits intelligence services from using information collected incidentally on Americans absent a warrant.
The White House, U.S. intelligence agencies and Republican leaders in Congress have said they consider the surveillance programme indispensable and in need of little or no revision. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Fox News ahead of the vote on Thursday.
President Donald Trump threw a scheduled congressional vote on a surveillance bill into chaos Thursday morning when he unexpectedly tweeted criticism of it, apparently in response to a Fox News segment. "And I will do everything I can to fight to make sure that it does not pass, unless we get our reforms attached to the bill".
Wednesday night, Sanders made a statement supporting the legislation, writing, "The Administration urges the House to. preserve the useful role FISA's Section 702 authority plays in protecting American lives".
The White Houseissued a statement Wednesday evening signaling the president wants the House - then the Senate - to vote to keep the law on the books.
However, he later seemed to backtrack from his initial tweet: "With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".
The powers in question allow the government to target foreigners overseas, collecting their communications.
The House has passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak. He said Trump's "woes" began with surveillance.
The group is pushing back against legislation passed by the House Intelligence Committee that would require a warrant only if the information the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtains is to be used in a criminal proceeding - a bar that Amash, Lofgren and Nadler say is so low that it is meaningless. But the president's mixed messages sent shock waves through the House GOP, which was gathered for a regular conference meeting when the first of the president's tweets came out.
Nadler said the Intelligence Committee's warrant requirement "is a fig leaf for reform" and "fails to address the vast majority of searches" of the Section 702 databases.
"A vote for this (Nunes) bill is a vote against the Fourth Amendment", said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' vice president of legislative affairs.
UPDATE: Trump responded to pleas from House Republicans and members of his own national security team seeking clarification of this morning's tweet.
Another major loophole of Section 702 of FISA is that the government collects broad information "about" a target.
Companies are rushing to incorporate voice control into their products and making sure they work with whatever service you use. Among the devices featuring Google Assistant are many new smart speakers, including models made by Altec Lansing, JBL and LG.
The UK Based startup called Redux is involved in developing technology that would integrate the speakers directly into the phone. The acquisition could prove useful to Google, and could change the way it designed its future Pixel smartphones.
A tie vote would likely mean the deciding vote would be cast by VP Mike Pence, dooming the resolution. Meanwhile, a separate effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality repeal has been gaining momentum.
The remains of those killed in the crash were so badly burned, they had to be identified by their dental records, SBS reported. Home And Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital, just one day after the funeral of her parents and sister.
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Using a combination of endocrinology and genetic tests, researchers identified the turtles' sex and nesting origin. The increasing rate shows that the place will have only female turtles in the near future.
The Indianapolis Colts , Chicago Bears and the Giants interviewed McDaniels, while the Arizona Cardinals interviewed Flores. That being said, head coaching searches have a way of settling in even as top candidates remain active in the playoffs.
Huawei announced that the Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, and Titanium Gray models would be available in the United States. The company, effectively shut off from the USA since this incident, has always been seeking to make a return.
Yet a White House statement indicated Trump would not hesitate to bring his nationalist message to the assemblage of globalists. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump will use the forum to make the case for his policies to the global leaders.
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Canada says outbreak over
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Titans to play LA Chargers in England
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Pirates Trade Pitcher Gerrit Cole To Houston Astros
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Mohamed Elneny is on the January shortlist of West Ham
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Heavy rain in California brings huge mudslides and floods
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