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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

Short Titles as Introduced

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the production of certain business records, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
05/14/2020Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate, under the order of 5/12/20, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 80 - 16. Record Vote Number: 92.
03/11/2020Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 278 - 136 (Roll no. 98).
03/10/2020Introduced in House

All Actions (38)

Date Chamber All Actions
06/01/2020SenateMessage on House action received in Senate and at desk: House requests a conference.
05/28/2020-3:12pmHouseThe Speaker appointed conferees: Nadler, Schiff, Lofgren, Jordan, and Nunes.
05/28/2020-3:12pmHouseOn motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendments, and request a conference Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 284 - 122 (Roll no. 115).
05/28/2020-1:24pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion to disagree to the Senate amendments and request a conference on H.R. 6172.
05/28/2020-1:24pmHouseMr. Nadler moved that the House disagree to the Senate amendments, and request a conference. (consideration: CR H2340-2346; text: CR H2340-2342)
05/14/2020SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
05/14/2020SenatePassed Senate, under the order of 5/12/20, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 80 - 16. Record Vote Number: 92.
05/14/2020SenateS.Amdt.1586 Amendment SA 1586, under the order of 5/12/20, not having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 11 - 85. Record Vote Number: 91.
05/14/2020SenateS.Amdt.1586 Amendment SA 1586 proposed by Senator Paul. (consideration: CR S2438-2439; text: CR S2438-2439) To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the use of authorities under such Act to surveil United States persons and to prohibit the use of information acquired under such Act in any criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding or as part of any criminal, civil, or administrative investigation, and for other purposes.
05/14/2020SenateConsidered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2432-2441)
05/13/2020SenateS.Amdt.1584 Amendment SA 1584, under the order of 5/12/20, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, was agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 77 - 19. Record Vote Number: 90.
05/13/2020SenateS.Amdt.1584 Amendment SA 1584 proposed by Senator Lee. (consideration: CR S2410-2412; text: CR S2427-2428) To improve the amicus provisions and require the disclosure of relevant information.
05/13/2020SenateS.Amdt.1583 Amendment SA 1583, under the order of 5/12/20, not having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 59 - 37. Record Vote Number: 89.
05/13/2020SenateS.Amdt.1583 Amendment SA 1583 proposed by Senator Wyden. (consideration: CR S2397-2400; text: CR S2397) To remove internet website browsing information and search history from scope of authority to access certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.
05/13/2020SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S2388, S2396-2400, S2409-2412, S2414)
03/16/2020SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate. (CR S1753)
03/16/2020SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1748)
03/12/2020SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate. (CR S1735)
03/12/2020SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (CR S1735)
03/12/2020SenateRead the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 440.
03/11/2020SenateReceived in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
03/11/2020-5:15pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/11/2020-5:15pmHouseH.Amdt.814 On agreeing to the Buck amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 35 - 376 (Roll no. 99).
03/11/2020-5:05pmHouseH.Amdt.814 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Buck. (consideration: CR H1637; text: CR H1637)
03/11/2020-5:05pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/11/2020-5:05pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 278 - 136 (Roll no. 98). (text: CR H1622-1627)
03/11/2020-4:22pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
03/11/2020-3:47pmHouseDEBATE - The House resumed with debate on H.R. 6172.
03/11/2020-3:15pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 6172.
03/11/2020-3:14pmHouseRule provides for consideration of S.J. Res. 68, H.R. 2486 and H.R. 6172. Resolution provides for consideration of S.J. Res. 68, the Senate amendment to H.R. 2486, and H.R. 6172. For S.J. Res. 68, the resolution provides for 1 hour of debate and 1 motion to commit. For the Senate amendment to H.R. 2486, the question will be divided and each portion will have 1 hour of debate. H.R. 6172 will have 1 hour ofdebate and 1 motion to recommit with or without instructions.
03/11/2020-3:14pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 891. (consideration: CR H1622-1637)
03/11/2020-2:00pmHouseRule H. Res. 891 passed House.
03/10/2020-7:39pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 891 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of S.J. Res. 68, H.R. 2486 and H.R. 6172. Resolution provides for consideration of S.J. Res. 68, the Senate amendment to H.R. 2486, and H.R. 6172. For S.J. Res. 68, the resolution provides for 1 hour of debate and 1 motion to commit. For the Senate amendment to H.R. 2486, the question will be divided and each portion will have 1 hour of debate. H.R. 6172 will have 1 hour ofdebate and 1 motion to recommit with or without instructions.
03/10/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Intelligence (Permanent Select), Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/10/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Intelligence (Permanent Select), Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/10/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Intelligence (Permanent Select), Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/10/2020HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Intelligence (Permanent Select), Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/10/2020HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]* 03/10/2020

Committees (4)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary03/10/2020 Referred to
House Intelligence (Permanent Select)03/10/2020 Referred to
House Oversight and Reform03/10/2020 Referred to
House Homeland Security03/10/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in House (03/10/2020)

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

This bill reauthorizes through December 1, 2023, provisions related to intelligence gathering under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) and amends FISA-related provisions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation may not seek certain FISA-authorized orders to obtain (1) call detail records on an ongoing basis, (2) a tangible thing where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and a warrant would typically be required, or (3) cellular or GPS location information.

In applications for certain FISA-authorized orders to obtain information or conduct surveillance, the applicant must certify that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has received any information that might raise doubts about the application. The bill imposes additional requirements on FISA-authorized orders targeting a (1) U.S. person, or (2) federal elected official or candidate.

The bill increases criminal penalties for violations related to electronic surveillance conducted under color of law or false statements made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court).

The bill broadens the criteria for when a FISA court decision shall be declassified and requires the declassification review and release of such opinions within 180 days of an opinion being issued.

The bill broadens the FISA court's authority to appoint an amicus curiae (an outside party that assists in consideration of a case) and expands such amici's powers, such as the power to ask the court to review a decision.

Each agency that submits applications to the FISA court shall appoint an officer responsible for compliance with FISA requirements.