FISA: Priorities

By March 5, 2008Briefly Legal, Communications

From Politico’s blog, The Crypt:

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Wednesday the House will not take up an electronic surveillance measure this week, further delaying any decisions on the controversial measure.

Hoyer said in his weekly press conference that he hoped to wrap up work on an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; “towards the end of this week or the beginning of next week.”

However, the majority leader acknowledged that there were “still disagreements” within the Democratic caucus over the issue of granting immunity to telecom companies who aided the government in the wiretapping program.

Remember right before the Presidents’ Day recess, House leadership was pushing a 21-day extension of the Protect America Act? If enacted, that extension would have expired this upcoming Saturday.

So would have another extension have been necessary? And another after that?

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  • Paul Dirks says:

    So would have another extension have been necessary? And another after that?

    Well that would entirely depend how calamitous letting the law lapse was. Either the August PAA is fine and necessary or its not.

    Apparently the administration’s view is that it’s necessary but only to use a club to pound immunity through with.

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