FISA Update: Another Week Will Pass

The Senate is leaving town today with action still pending on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act, but a vote planned upon returning after Fourth of July recess. Sen. Dodd (D-CT) says he will propose an amendment to strip out legal immunity for telecom companies. For the explanation of the bill’s provisions, see this floor speech yesterday from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

This AP story covers the procedural maneuvering that slowed the bill’s consideration. The delay allows more invoking of the the Declaration of Independence before the vote.

UPDATE (11:40 a.m.): CQ reports the Senate will take up the bill July 8th. Attorney General Mukasey and Director of National Intelligence McConnell sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid yesterday outlining the Administration’s opposition to various amendments — including removal of immunity — saying they would recommend a veto if the current bill’s provisions are undermined.

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