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Advocates Ask Schumer to Omit FISA Language in CR

Congress shouldn’t reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Section 702 in its continuing resolution, 27 consumer advocate groups wrote Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday. Among the signees were: Access Now, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Prosperity,…

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Center for Democracy & Technology, Demand Progress, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action and New America's Open Technology Institute. They cited media reports that Schumer is considering including reauthorization in the Senate’s CR, days after a bipartisan, bicameral bill was introduced to reform Section 702 (see 2311060068). “Allowing a short-term reauthorization to be slipped into a must-pass bill would demonstrate a blatant disregard for the civil liberties and civil rights of the American people,” the groups wrote. Schumer’s office didn’t comment.