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H.R. 6172: USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

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

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The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

Sponsor and status

Jerrold Nadler

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 26, 2020
Mar 10, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed Senate with Changes (back to House) on May 14, 2020

This bill has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on May 14, 2020.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Chairman Nadler Floor Statement on Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] (Sponsor) on May 28, 2020

Sens. Lee, Leahy Demand Answers From Trump Administration On Potentially Unauthorized And Illegal Mass Surveillance Programs
    — Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT] on Jul 21, 2020

Burgess: Partisan Exercises Don't Protect Americans
    — Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26] on May 27, 2020

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Mar 10, 2020

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Mar 10, 2020
Text Published

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Mar 11, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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May 14, 2020
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

May 26, 2020
Text Published

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House Approves Senate Changes

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H.R. 6172 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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