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The House passed legislation reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a key tool of the USA intelligence community, despite President Donald Trump's tweeted criticism.

In October 2017, Senators Paul and Wyden introduced S. 1997, the USA Rights Act, in the Senate to end warrantless backdoor searches of Americans' calls, emails, texts, and other communications that are routinely swept up under a program created to spy on foreign targets.

" 'House votes on dubious FISA ACT today.' This is the demonstration that may have been utilized, with the assistance of the defamed and fake Dossier, to so gravely surveil and mishandle the Trump Campaign by the past organization and others?" "We need it! Get smart!" he followed up. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has said he will filibuster the bill. According to the Washington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) called Trump to explain the law after Trump's first tweet.

The program is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act. Two hours later, he walked back his initial comments, appearing to get back in line with his administration's stance.

Ryan appeared to have convinced Trump on the merits of the legislation, for the president tweeted a second message voicing his support. "The President fully supports the 702 and was happy to see that it passed the House today".

The White House issued a presidential memorandum Tuesday instructing the director of national intelligence to issue a policy requiring members of the intelligence community to develop procedures to respond to such unmasking requests.

The night before the House vote, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement strongly opposing an amendment that would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a court order before searching for and reading Americans' emails and messages swept up in surveillance of foreigners' communications. Section 702 is supposed to allow for the collection of foreign intelligence from non-Americans located outside the United States.

The tweet enraged Republican leaders on Capitol Hill who have been trying to chart a course to renew it, more or less intact, and left leaders in both parties scrambling to secure votes. "We understand there are threats overseas, foreign targets, people we have to be concerned about to protect the safety of the American people - but what we are against is, without a warrant, having the communications of law-abiding Americans swept up in that process", he said. Barack Obama has been replaced by Donald Trump, potentially making Democrats more wary of handing broad surveillance powers to the executive branch.

The Senate still must vote on the bill before the program expires on January 19. Sen.