House blocks FISA reauthorization bill after Trump says ‘kill FISA’

The vote was 228 to 193 to block the rule

Published: April 10, 2024 2:30pm

Updated: April 10, 2024 2:53pm

The GOP-led House voted to block the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reauthorization bill on the House floor Wednesday after it passed out of the Rules Committee on Tuesday.

The vote to block the rule providing for House floor consideration of the bill was 228 to 193. The latest vote reportedly marks the seventh time a rule that has failed on the House floor under House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La. 

The "Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act" would have extended Section 702 of FISA for 5 years. A group of amendments to the bill including a warrant requirement had cleared the Rules Committee on Tuesday night.

Former President Trump had posted on Truth Social that the GOP should "kill FISA" shortly before the scheduled vote. Johnson reacted to Trump's post ahead of the vote.

"I look forward to talking with him about it. Here's the thing about FISA, he's not wrong, of course, they abused FISA," Johnson said, referring to the launch of the Russia collusion probe. "These reforms would actually kill the abuses that allowed President Trump's campaign to be spied on."

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., applauded the 19 Republicans who voted to block the bill from advancing.

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