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S. 139 (115th): FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

About the bill

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The bill was originally introduced and passed the Senate in 2017 as the Rapid DNA Act, a bill to expand the use of DNA in law enforcement. In August 2017, its identical companion bill H.R. 510 was enacted in its place. On January 11, 2018, the House replaced the text of this bill, which had become moot by the enactment of an identical bill, with the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, which was originally introduced as S. 2010.

Sponsor and status

Orrin Hatch

Sponsor. Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018
Length: 20 pages
Jan 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 19, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 19, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-118

12 Cosponsors (7 Republicans, 5 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Donald Trump [R, 2017-2021]: House Amendment to S. 139 – The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Jan 9, 2018)

What legislators are saying

Hirono Opposes Reauthorization of Warrantless Surveillance Authority
    — Sen. Mazie Hirono [D-HI] on Jan 18, 2018

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on S. 139, the FISA Section 702 Reauthorization
    — Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] on Jan 18, 2018

Cardin Says FISA Bill Should Have Been Amended to Better Protect Americans’ Rights
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] on Jan 18, 2018

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 4478: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

Introduced on Nov 29, 2017. 69% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2158: USA Liberty Act of 2017

Introduced on Nov 16, 2017. 35% incorporated. (compare text)


Jan 12, 2017

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May 11, 2017
Ordered Reported

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May 16, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jan 11, 2018
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Jan 11, 2018
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Jan 18, 2018
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Jan 19, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 139 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 139. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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