Leahy Statement On FISA Legislation ?Chairman Will Support Efforts To Strike Immunity Provisions
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) delivered the following remarks today as the Senate prepares to debate the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
Leahy said he intends to oppose the Senate’s motion to proceed to the legislation, and that he will support efforts to strike provisions in the bill that fail to provide accountability for the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. In November, the Judiciary Committee considered legislation to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and the Senate debated the legislation, which Leahy opposed, in February. The House of Representatives last week passed a revised version of the bill. The Senate is expected to vote on amendments, including an amendment Leahy has co-sponsored to strike immunity provisions in the bill, and final passage of the bill Thursday.
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