McConnell: ‘I was wrong’ to say Obama didn’t leave Trump pandemic plan

McConnell: ‘I was wrong’ to say Obama didn’t leave Trump pandemic plan

McConnell: ‘I was wrong’ to say Obama didn’t leave Trump pandemic plan

The chamber voted 80-16 to extend the surveillance authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"We can not let the ideal become the enemy of the good when key authorities are now sitting expired and unusable", McConnell said on the Senate floor before the vote.

Mr. Trump, however, has not explicitly said what changes he wants.

Senators voted on that Wednesday afternoon, but it failed to pass, coming one yes vote short of the required 60, with several senators including Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders not voting. As described by the ACLU, it "strengthens the role of independent "friends of the court" to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, ensuring that the court has additional opportunities to hear the views of outside experts".

Trump had retweeted an article by Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway in the Federalist, shared by editor Sean Davis, which argued that McConnell wouldn't be able to confirm more judges or maintain a Republican majority without addressing the issue. The aide said the leadership was "assessing next steps".

Attorney General William Barr wrote the bill with congressional Democrats and Republicans.

CNN later fact-checked McConnells statement: Obamas White House National Security Council left the Trump administration a detailed document on how to respond to a pandemic.

The bill would also permanently end an already deactivated NSA program that had allowed the agency to obtain, with judicial approval, Americans' phone records in terrorism probes.

It's unclear if McConnell will be able to get the votes for final passage on Thursday. House lawmakers passed a bipartisan compromise bill just before leaving town, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet been able to push the legislation through the Senate. It was adopted 77-19.

The amended version now returns to the House. That's especially a possibility for those GOP members who have demanded that the chamber reopen for business as usual despite the pandemic.

"We got some good reforms here". He had previously lobbied Trump to veto the measure if it reached his desk unaltered.

The successful amendment, from Republican Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) that sought to limit warrantless government Internet searches and browsing history.

Opponents say the bill doesn't go far enough to protect Americans' civil liberties. Ron Wyden of OR and Republican Sen.

Mr. Leahy urged his colleagues to pass his amendment.

The White House has not said whether Trump - a harsh critic of the use of FISA warrants during the special counsel's Russian Federation probe - will sign the measure. The House passed the bill in March but will have to pass it again because of a change in the Senate.

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