Democrats pull bill to reauthorize government surveillance power – FOX 40 WICZ TV

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By Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju, CNN

House Democrats scrapped a vote late Wednesday to reauthorize national security surveillance authorities expired since March, after Republicans revolted from the measure in a stark reversal following tweets from President Donald Trump urging them to oppose it.

House members were informed a little after 9:30 p.m. ET that the scheduled vote to renew three authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would not occur Wednesday. The decision to punt on the vote came a little over 24 hours after Trump threw his weight into the House’s FISA debate by calling on Republicans to oppose the bill. Soon thereafter, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked Democratic leaders to pull the bill from the floor, and House GOP leaders urged their members to vote against the measure.

The swift move in opposition to the FISA renewal was all the more remarkable because the bill the…

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