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House Republicans' internal tensions reignited on Wednesday after a group of right-wing hardliners blocked a key federal surveillance bill from coming to a vote.

Why it matters: It marks more than a half-dozen times this Congress that Republicans' right flank ran the party's legislative agenda aground by revolting on a standard party-line procedural vote.

  • GOP lawmakers plan to meet for a special conference meeting at 4pm, according to one House Republican who predicted it will amount to an "airing of grievances with some angry people."

Driving the news: A group of 19 House Republicans — predominantly members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus — voted with Democrats to block the procedural measure, known as a "rule."

  • The underlying bill would renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct warrantless surveillance of non-Americans abroad.
  • But amid growing GOP skepticism of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, many Republicans pushed for substantial restrictions to protect Americans' privacy rights.:snip:
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House Republicans blast 'cry wolf' conservatives who tanked FISA renewal bill

House Republican lawmakers left a closed-door meeting late on Wednesday afternoon furious at their 19 GOP colleagues who blocked the chamber from advancing a bill to renew a key surveillance tool of the federal government.

"When you have a majority, where members in the majority will not support the rules and the procedures set forth by the majority, you effectively are turning control over to the minority party. And that's what these members are doing," Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., told Fox News Digital.

It comes after a normally sleepy procedural vote, known as a rule vote, on a bill to reform and renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act failed 193 to 228 Wednesday afternoon — the seventh time a rule vote failed this Congress. Prior to that, a rule vote had not failed in two decades.

"Here's what frustrates me — is that the same members who are taking down this rule are vociferously advocating for reforming FISA. There are 56 major reforms of FISA 702 that are embedded in the base bill. I understand they don't think those 56 reforms go far enough...But by taking down the rule and by making it impossible to pass this reform base bill, they're gonna get nothing," Barr said.:snip:

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I have to wonder how many of those celebrating the end of FISA will 3 minutes After the next attack will be screaming fo The Government to DO SOMETHING!

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One mans opinion

Tucker: FISA Bill is Dead...But Will be Back
Sasha Stone
Apr 10, 2024


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Stephen Flanagan Stephen’s Substack
12 hrs ago

Mikey Johnson is Mitch's lapdog. When this man got the Speaker's job he was called a good Christian. Perhaps he should leave Congress and teacch Sunday school. FISA will be used more and more against the American people. The House with the exception of a very few cannot be trusted. Mike Turner, it seems whatever he says will be the opposite.. Actiually its the Dept. of Injustice. America badly needs a third party, the other two are virtually identical.

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