Accountability on FISA, Colombia

By April 11, 2008Communications, Trade

The handling of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement seems strikingly similar to the handling of the legislation to update federal surveillance authority over international communications, the FISA amendments. Faced with legislation that would pass on its merits with bipartisan support — the Senate-approved S. 2248 — House leadership refused to allow a vote on the bill and instead passed a measure that only confuses the debate and stands no chance of enactment — H.R. 3773.

Legislation to enact the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, H.R. 5724, stood a good chance of passing the House with bipartisan support on its merits. So instead we get H. Res. 1092, changing the rules to avoid that up-and-down vote.

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