No More Delays

By February 13, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement on the possible lapsing of authority to conduct surveillance if the House fails to pass the Senate revision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

On Friday, a surveillance law insisted upon by the President last August will expire. Today, an overwhelming majority of House Democrats voted to extend that law for three weeks so that agreement could be reached with the Senate on a better version of that law. The President and House Republicans refused to support the extension and therefore will bear the responsibility should any adverse national consequences result.

A bipartisan MAJORITY, including 34 Democrats, declined to extend the law, believing that no further delays were justifiable.

House Republican Whip Roy Blunt’s statement:

The time for political statements is over. Now, it’s time for action. The only bill that will pass the House and receive the President’s signature is the responsible, bipartisan legislation the Senate passed.

We do not need, nor do we have, additional time. The current patch expires in less than three days, and the Democratic leadership seems comfortable in letting this vital legislation lapse while they use essential floor time to consider unessential things.

Like H. Res. 60, congratulating the National Football League champion New York Giants for winning Super Bowl XLII and completing one of the most remarkable postseason runs in professional sports history.

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