Government surveillance bill withdrawn in U.S. House
The House of Representatives on Thursday dropped consideration of legislation that would have extended U.S. surveillance tools, after President Donald Trump threatened a veto and his fellow Republicans withdrew their support.
“The two-thirds of the Republican Party that voted for this bill in March have indicated they are going to vote against it now,” Representative Steny Hoyer said in a statement on Thursday, after a vote on the measure was unexpectedly postponed late on Wednesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to members of the Democratic caucus saying she intends to hold negotiations with the Senate on a possible compromise bill that could be passed and sent to Trump.
The Justice Department said it opposed the bill - which was originally written by Attorney General William Barr and members of Congress - because it had been changed in ways that would make it more difficult “to identify and track terrorists and spies.”
28 May 2020