House Bill 6172
116th Congress(2019-2020)
USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020
Active
Amendments
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Passed Senate on May 14, 2020
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 10, 2020
Latest Action
Jun 1, 2020
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
6172
Congress
116
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
New York
California
Passed
May 28, 2020
Type
Vote On House Agreeing To The Senate Action
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020

This bill reauthorizes through December 1, 2023, provisions related to intelligence gathering under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) and amends FISA-related provisions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation may not seek certain FISA-authorized orders to obtain (1) call detail records on an ongoing basis, (2) a tangible thing where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and a warrant would typically be required, or (3) cellular or GPS location information.

In applications for certain FISA-authorized orders to obtain information or conduct surveillance, the applicant must certify that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has received any information that might raise doubts about the application. The bill imposes additional requirements on FISA-authorized orders targeting a (1) U.S. person, or (2) federal elected official or candidate.

The bill increases criminal penalties for violations related to electronic surveillance conducted under color of law or false statements made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA court).

The bill broadens the criteria for when a FISA court decision shall be declassified and requires the declassification review and release of such opinions within 180 days of an opinion being issued.

The bill broadens the FISA court's authority to appoint an amicus curiae (an outside party that assists in consideration of a case) and expands such amici's powers, such as the power to ask the court to review a decision.

Each agency that submits applications to the FISA court shall appoint an officer responsible for compliance with FISA requirements.

Text (4)
Amendments (5)
May 14, 2020
Not Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1586
To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the use of authorities under such Act to surveil United States persons and to prohibit the use of information acquired under such Act in any criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding or as part of any criminal, civil, or administrative investigation, and for other purposes.
Active
May 13, 2020
Agreed to in Senate
23
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1584
To improve the amicus provisions and require the disclosure of relevant information.
Agreed To
May 13, 2020
Not Agreed to in Senate
14
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1583
To remove internet website browsing information and search history from scope of authority to access certain business records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.
Active
Mar 11, 2020
Not Agreed to in House
1
Sponsorship
House Amendment 814
An amendment to change the title to read "A bill to be known as the Federal Initiative to Spy on Americans (FISA) Act".
Active
Mar 11, 2020
Agreed to in House
0
Sponsorship
House Amendment 813
Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 891, the amendment printed in House Report 116-415 is adopted.
Agreed To
Public Record
Created
Mar 11, 2020 7:12:09 AM
Updated
Jun 11, 2021 10:05:26 PM