House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Thursday that she’s ending Democrats’ bid to reauthorize Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provisions.
Though the bill had previously boasted bipartisan support, Donald Trump and Republican leaders soured on reauthorizing FISA powers due to new revelations about the Obama administration’s abuse of the surveillance tools.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it. Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!”
GOP leaders appeared to agree with Trump’s assessment, pulling their support for the bill ahead of the scheduled vote.
Pelosi sniped on Thursday that the reason she chose to pull the plus is that “the President tweeted that he would veto the bill, and House Republicans abandoned their support for our national security.”
Pelosi also faced opposition to FISA reauthorization from the progressive content of the party, with many far-left representatives complaining that the bill did not go far enough in reforming FISA to protect Americans from government searches and surveillance.
Pelosi said in her announcement that instead of attempting to push the legislation through, “It will be our intention to go to conference in order to ensure that all of the views of all members of our Caucus are represented in the final product.”