Skip to content

Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks Announcing Agreement Clearing Path For Senate Approval Of FISA Reauthorization Tonight

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate passage of FISA reauthorization. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

We have good news for America’s national security: Senators have reached an agreement that clears the way to approve FISA reauthorization tonight. 

For the information of my colleagues, we will have up to seven roll call votes: first we will vote six amendments and then final passage. 

All day long, we persisted and persisted and persisted in hopes of reaching a breakthrough, and I am glad we got it done. There was great doubt that we could get this done, but now we are on a glide path to passing this bill.

Allowing FISA to expire would have been dangerous. It’s an important part of our national security toolkit and helps law enforcement stop terrorist attacks, drug trafficking, and violent extremism. This legislation has been carefully tailored, and I am ready to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep strengthening protections for American citizens.

I thank all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their good work.