Continuing resolution and FISA reauthorization should go through March, not December

Nov. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to push the continuing resolution and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reauthorization off until March 15, past the New Year:

“It is absurd that Congress would pass a continuing resolution into the heart of the Christmas season, setting up a vote on an omnibus bill right before the holiday. Congress should do the right thing and give federal workers peace of mind through the holidays, by extending government funding through March 15.

“A longer time window will also give Congress an opportunity to review the findings of the Justice Department on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses that occurred in the 2016 elections, when the Trump campaign, the opposition party, was placed under surveillance by the Obama administration in an election year, and give time to put in place real reforms so that political spying never happens again. We have to make sure we get this right, and rushing to reauthorize FISA would be foolish when we’re still waiting on these findings.”

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