🚨 POLL: Was President Trump the Victim of a ‘Witch-Hunt’?
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House Democrats have scrapped their plans to vote on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize national security surveillance tools after President Trump issued a veto threat, according to Fox News.
The vote had previously been postponed because of earlier objections from President Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have officially pulled the bill from consideration on May 28, when it became clear that Republicans would not be backing the legislation.
“The President tweeted that he would veto the bill, and House Republicans abandoned their support for our national security,” Pelosi said Thursday after Hoyer announced the vote was off.
“If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it,” Trump tweeted ahead of the vote. “Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history. The massive abuse of FISA was a big part of it!”
“Clearly because House Republicans have prioritized politics over our national security, we will no longer have a bipartisan veto-proof majority,” Pelosi said in a letter to her colleagues. “…It will be our intention to go to conference in order to ensure that all of the views of all members of our caucus are represented in the final product.”
On Thursday, Trump thanked Republicans for blocking the FISA legislation, saying it “would just perpetuate the abuse that produced the Greatest Political Crime In the History of the U.S., the Russian Witch-Hunt.”
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Instead, the House voted 284-122 Thursday afternoon to go to a conference committee with the Senate to work out a compromise bill. The House members appointed to the committee are the top Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees: Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
The planned vote was to reauthorize Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provisions and enact more reforms to safeguard civil liberties. The House was to take up the Senate measure that passed 80-16 to reauthorize lapsed provisions and revise how the Justice Department and FBI use the tools designed to fight terrorism.
The House in March passed its FISA reform version with broad bipartisan support by a 278-136 vote. If the House had passed the Senate version, it would have gone straight to Trump’s desk.