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December 22, 2007

Senate Vote - S. 2248: FISA Amendments Act (Motion to Proceed)

S. 2248: FISA Amendments Act of 2007
An original bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, to modernize and streamline the provisions of that Act, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

Motion to Proceed
Cloture Motion Agreed to 76-10


Green Light:

Surveillance Overhaul Gets Past First Senate Hurdle
The Senate on Monday voted 76-10 to move forward with legislation overhauling the rules of electronic surveillance, although it may take awhile to resolve policy disputes over the bill.

Red Light:

Telecom Immunity Issue Derails Spy Law Overhaul
Amid deep and growing divisions among Senate Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) last night abruptly withdrew legislation that would have changed surveillance law and granted the nation's telecommunications companies retroactive immunity from lawsuits charging they had violated privacy rights.

Senate Puts Off Surveillance Overhaul
The Senate on Monday postponed until January a controversial measure to overhaul the rules for electronic surveillance after opponents’ delaying tactics threatened other must-pass legislation.

Surveillance Bill Stalls in Senate
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled legislation from the floor that would overhaul electronic surveillance rules, leaving Congress little time to act early next year before provisions in the current law expire.

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