House Strikes Agreement on National Security Law
House and Senate leaders today reached an agreement on legislation to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The proposed legislation modernizes tools and laws governing the surveillance of foreign terrorists and spies and enhances civil liberties protections.
Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX), an original cosponsor of the bill, issued the following statement regarding today's agreement:
"After months of negotiations and nearly a year of debate, House Democrats have finally decided to put aside partisan politics and prioritize national security. This bill represents a strong compromise between Republicans and Democrats, giving our intelligence officials the tools they need to keep America safe and strengthening civil liberties protections. Additionally, the bill offers communications providerswho assisted the government in the wake of 9-11essential civil liability protections.
"Though today's agreement is long overdue, it is an important step for this Congress. Both sides have had to compromise, but we are here today with a strong bill that can pass the House and is supported by the President.
"Our intelligence officials are on the frontlines of preventing terrorist attacks and protecting against foreign espionage. These tools are necessary to keep America safe. I'm pleased to have been a part of this process and look forward to voting for this bill on the House floor."