Lawmakers Vow Retaliation Against Some Republicans

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( – On Friday, Republicans opposed a proposed warrant requirement for all domestic communications that ended up being caught as part of the foreign surveillance operations. 

The provision which would be added as an amendment to a bill that renews part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was struck down in the House in a 212-212 vote. Apart from the 126 Democrats who voted against him, the bill was also opposed by 86 Republicans. In the House, a tie in the vote means a failure of the bill. 

Hard-line conservatives in the House have slammed this outcome and have argued that those who opposed the warrant mandate from both parties were just helping empower the “deep state.” Their anger was predominantly against the GOP members who opposed the bill, including Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who had specifically opposed the warrant requirement while providing support for the final FISA package. 

There are those within the House who have also argued that they would be willing to travel to GOP districts in order to campaign against those who had opposed the amendment.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) had stated after the vote that all those who had voted against the requirement should own it. He added that some of them could potentially soon show him that their districts were starting to campaign against them and pushing for them to stand for the U.S. Constitution. While the FISA package had easily made it through the House, the bipartisan vote was 273 to 147, with hard-liners pushing for new warrant protections that would immediately block the transmission. 

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