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86 Republicans vote to allow warrantless spying on Americans with FISA |

Eighty-six House Republicans voted against an amendment to the FISA reauthorization bill that would have added a warrant requirement to prevent the U.S. government from spying on Americans without their knowledge.

The vote tally on the amendment, introduced by Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, was 212 to 212, with House Speaker Mike Johnson casting the tie-breaking vote against. Republicans who voted for the legislation without Biggs' amendment include Johnson, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Majority Leader Tom Emmer and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

“Today is a dark day for America,” Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls said in a statement. “It's no secret that the DOJ and FBI have used and abused FISA to spy not only on the greatest president in my lifetime, Donald J. Trump, but to spy on Americans. I could not, in good conscience, vote to give our nation's armed DOJ the power to en masse surveil the American people without meaningful reforms, such as a warrant requirement.”


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