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Short Titles as Enacted

FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

Short Titles - House of Representatives

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FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Rapid DNA Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Rapid DNA Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Rapid DNA Act of 2017

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Official Title as Enacted

An Act to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to improve foreign intelligence collection and the safeguards, accountability, and oversight of acquisitions of foreign intelligence, to extend title VII of such Act, and for other purposes.

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, to prevent DNA analysis backlogs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (8)

Date Actions Overview
01/19/2018Became Public Law No: 115-118. (TXT | PDF)
01/19/2018Signed by President.
01/19/2018Presented to President.
01/18/2018Resolving differences -- Senate actions: Senate agreed to the House amendment to S. 139 by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 - 34. Record Vote Number: 12.
01/11/2018Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 - 164 (Roll no. 16).(text: CR H137-142)
05/16/2017Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S2954-2955; text as passed Senate: CR S2954-2955)
05/11/2017Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley without amendment. Without written report.
01/12/2017Introduced in Senate

All Actions (62)

Date Chamber All Actions
01/19/2018Became Public Law No: 115-118. (TXT | PDF)
01/19/2018Signed by President.
01/19/2018SenatePresented to President.
01/18/2018SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
01/18/2018SenateSenate agreed to the House amendment to S. 139 by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 - 34. Record Vote Number: 12.
01/18/2018SenateS.Amdt.1871 SA 1871 fell when the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 with an amendment (SA 1870) tabled.
01/18/2018SenateS.Amdt.1870 Motion to table the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 with an amendment (SA 1870) agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
01/18/2018SenateConsidered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S268-270)
01/18/2018SenateS.Amdt.1871 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S268)
01/18/2018SenateS.Amdt.1870 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S268)
01/17/2018SenateConsidered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S215-247; S256-264)
01/17/2018SenateS.Amdt.1871 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S215)
01/17/2018SenateS.Amdt.1870 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S215)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1874 SA 1874 fell when SA 1873 fell.
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1873 SA 1873 fell when SA 1872 fell.
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1872 SA 1872 (the instructions of the motion to refer) fell when cloture invoked on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139.
01/16/2018SenateMotion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on the Judiciary the House message to accompany S. 139 with instructions to report back forthwith with the following amendment (SA 1872) fell when cloture was invoked on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 in Senate.
01/16/2018SenateCloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 60 - 38. Record Vote Number: 11.
01/16/2018SenateConsidered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174-185)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1874 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1873 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1872 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1871 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174)
01/16/2018SenateS.Amdt.1870 Considered by Senate (Message from the House considered). (consideration: CR S174)
01/11/2018SenateS.Amdt.1874 Amendment SA 1874 proposed by Senator McConnell to Amendment SA 1873. (consideration: CR S154; text: CR S154) Of a perfecting nature.
01/11/2018SenateS.Amdt.1873 Amendment SA 1873 proposed by Senator McConnell to Amendment SA 1872 (the instructions of the motion to refer). Of a perfecting nature.
01/11/2018SenateS.Amdt.1872 Amendment SA 1872 proposed by Senator McConnell. (consideration: CR S154; text: CR S154) Of a perfecting nature.
01/11/2018SenateMotion by Senator McConnell to refer to Senate Committee on the Judiciary the House message to accompany S. 139 with instructions to report back forthwith with the following amendment (SA1872) made in Senate.
01/11/2018SenateS.Amdt.1871 Amendment SA 1871 proposed by Senator McConnell to Amendment SA 1870. (consideration: CR S154; text: CR S154) Of a perfecting nature.
01/11/2018SenateS.Amdt.1870 Amendment SA 1870 proposed by Senator McConnell. (consideration: CR S154; text: CR S154) To change the enactment date.
01/11/2018SenateMotion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 with an amendment (SA 1870) made in Senate.
01/11/2018SenateCloture motion on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 presented in Senate. (CR S153)
01/11/2018-2:35pmHousePursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 98, enrollment corrections on S. 139 have been made.
01/11/2018SenateMotion by Senator McConnell to concur in the House amendment to S. 139 made in Senate.
01/11/2018SenateMeasure laid before Senate by motion. (consideration: CR S153-165)
01/11/2018SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of the House message to accompany S. 139 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 27. Record Vote Number: 10.
01/11/2018SenateMessage on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.
01/11/2018-11:40amHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
01/11/2018-11:40amHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 256 - 164 (Roll no. 16). (text: CR H137-142)
01/11/2018-11:33amHouseOn motion to commit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 227 (Roll no. 15).
01/11/2018-11:24amHouseThe previous question on the motion to commit with instructions was ordered without objection.
01/11/2018-11:18amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Himes motion to commit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the bill back to the House with an amendment to strengthen the provisions related to obtaining warrants to query information collected on persons in the United States.
01/11/2018-11:18amHouseMr. Himes moved to commit with instructions to the Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select). (consideration: CR H158-159; text: CR H158)
01/11/2018-11:17amHouseH.Amdt.510 On agreeing to the Amash amendment (A002) Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 183 - 233 (Roll no. 14).
01/11/2018-10:54amHouseThe previous question was ordered without objection.
01/11/2018-10:23amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 682, the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Amash substitute amendment No. 1.
01/11/2018-10:22amHouseH.Amdt.510 Amendment (A002) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Amash. (consideration: CR H149-158; text: CR H149-154)
01/11/2018-9:37amHouseDEBATE - The House resumed with debate on S. 139.
01/11/2018-9:24amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 139.
01/11/2018-9:22amHousePrevious question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to commit with or without instructions. An amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-53 shall be considered as adopted. The further amendment printed in the report accompanying the rule, if offered by the Member designated in the report shall be debatable for the time printed in the report.
01/11/2018-9:22amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 682. (consideration: CR H139-160)
01/10/2018-4:14pmHouseRule H. Res. 682 passed House.
01/09/2018-7:04pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 682 Reported to House. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. An amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-53 shall be considered as adopted. The further amendment printed in the report accompanying the rule, if offered by the Member designated in the report shall be debatable for the time printed in the report.
05/16/2017-6:20pmHouseHeld at the desk.
05/16/2017-4:02pmHouseReceived in the House.
05/16/2017SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
05/16/2017SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2954-2955; text as passed Senate: CR S2954-2955)
05/11/2017SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 74.
05/11/2017SenateCommittee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley without amendment. Without written report.
05/11/2017SenateCommittee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
05/03/2017SenateCommittee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
01/12/2017SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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05/03/2017 Hearings by
05/11/2017 Markup by
05/11/2017 Reported by

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Public Law No: 115-118 (01/19/2018)

FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

TITLE I--ENHANCEMENTS TO FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION AND SAFEGUARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND OVERSIGHT

(Sec. 101) This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to adopt querying procedures consistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution for information collected pursuant to an authorization under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provisions for targeting non-U.S. persons outside the United States. Such procedures shall include a technical procedure whereby a record is kept of each U.S. person query term used for a query. The querying procedures shall be subject to judicial review.

A court order is generally required for review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of query results in criminal investigations unrelated to national security, except where the FBI determines there is a reasonable belief that such contents could assist in mitigating or eliminating a threat to life or serious bodily harm.

(Sec. 102) Any information concerning a U.S. person acquired under querying provisions may not be used in evidence against that person in any criminal proceeding unless the FBI obtained an order of the FISA Court to access such information or DOJ determines that the criminal proceeding: (1) affects, involves, or is related to U.S. national security, or (2) involves death, kidnapping, serious bodily injury, conduct that constitutes a criminal offense that is a specified offense against a minor, incapacitation or destruction of critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, transnational crime, or human trafficking. Such determination is not subject to judicial review.

Reporting by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is expanded.

(Sec. 103) If DOJ and the ODNI intend to implement the authorization of the intentional acquisition of abouts communications, they shall first submit to specified congressional committees a written notice of intent to do so. "Abouts communication" means a communication that contains a reference to, but is not to or from, a target of an acquisition authorized under the FISA.

Such committees shall hold hearings and briefings and otherwise obtain information in order to fully review the written notice. The bill makes an exception for emergency acquisition of abouts communication.

Each element of the intelligence community involved in the acquisition of abouts communications shall fully and currently inform the committees of a material breach.

(Sec. 104) The ODNI shall: (1) conduct a declassification review of any minimization procedures adopted or amended; and (2) consistent with such review, make such minimization procedures publicly available to the greatest extent practicable.

(Sec. 105) If DOJ authorized the emergency employment of electronic surveillance or a physical search, DOJ may authorize, for the effective period of the emergency authorization and subsequent order, without a separate order, the targeting of a U.S. person subject to such emergency employment for the purpose of acquiring foreign intelligence information while such U.S. person is reasonably believed to be located outside the United States.

(Sec. 106) The bill provides for compensation of an amicus curiae (i.e., friend of the court who is not a party to a case and who assists the court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case).

(Sec. 107) The bill expands FISA reporting requirements to require reporting of: (1) the total number of persons subject to electronic surveillance conducted under an order or emergency authorization, including the number of such individuals who are U.S. persons; and (2) a good faith estimate of the total number of subjects who were targeted by the installation and use of a pen register or trap and trace device under an order or emergency authorization.

(Sec. 108) The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board may meet or otherwise communicate in any number to confer or deliberate in a manner that is closed to the public.

If the position of chairman of the board is vacant, the board, at the direction of the unanimous vote of the serving member of the board, may exercise the authority of the chairman.

(Sec. 109) The National Security Agency and the FBI shall each designate at least one senior officer to serve as the principal advisor to carry out specified privacy and civil liberties-related functions.

(Sec. 110) The bill extends whistle-blower protections to contractor employees of the intelligence community and the FBI.

(Sec. 111) DOJ shall brief specified congressional committees on how it interprets FISA requirements to notify an aggrieved person of the use of information obtained or derived from electronic surveillance, physical search, or the use of a pen register or trap and trace device.

(Sec. 112) The Inspector General of DOJ shall report to specified congressional committees on queries conducted by the FBI.

TITLE II--EXTENSION OF AUTHORITIES, INCREASED PENALTIES, REPORTS, AND OTHER MATTERS

(Sec. 201) The bill reauthorizes title VII of the FISA until December 31, 2023.

(Sec. 202) The penalty for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material is increased from one to five years.

(Sec. 203) DOJ must report to specified congressional committees on current and future challenges to the effectiveness of U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance activities authorized under the FISA.

(Sec. 204) The Government Accountability Office shall study the U.S. classification system and he methods by which the intelligence community protects classified information.

(Sec. 205) The bill makes technical amendments to the FISA and authorizes referral of the denial of certain applications to a court of review.