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Statement from Congressman Donnelly on Congress' Failure to Reauthorize Expiring Law Governing Electronic Surveillance


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Donnelly released the following statement after Congress failed to reauthorize an expiring law governing electronic surveillance:

"Nothing is more important to me than protecting our nation from those who would do us harm. Unfortunately, a majority of House members opposed extending the existing law—for another 21 days—until a permanent extension could be negotiated.

Just after the vote to extend the current law failed, the House voted on a resolution that enables the body to adjourn for the upcoming recess period. I voted against that resolution and for staying in session until we'd brought the FISA matter to resolution. Work this important should not be left undone—not even for a week. Congress and the president must put aside their partisan differences and get down to the business crafting a permanent new FISA law. I'm hopeful a deal will be struck in the coming days and we'll all be called back to Washington to vote on it."

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