Dodd’s Threat of Filibuster Delays Action on FISA

By December 17, 2007Briefly Legal, Communications

The U.S. Senate just recessed for the evening, with no final action taken on S. 2248, the rewrite of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments. News-opinon accounts (here, for example) say Senate Majority Leader Reid has decided to postpone action until January after Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) vowed to filibuster the legislation over the issue of immunity for telecom companies.

Well, that’s the way the Senate works. The current FISA authority expires on February 1, 2008, so pressure will be to act when Congress returns next month.

UPDATE (9:45 p.m.): Uplifting debating point from Sen. Edward Kennedy: “The president has threatened veto … He’s willing to let Americans die to protect the phone companies!”

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