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Lawmakers Leave Washington Without Renewing Expired Surveillance Powers

House lawmakers left town Friday after passing a roughly $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package without voting to renew a set of intelligence powers that expired earlier this month, meaning surveillance tools used by the FBI to pursue terrorism suspects will likely remain defunct for at least several more weeks.

The surveillance powers, originally enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have lapsed before due to congressional inaction, but only for about a day. They expired on March 15.

Source: Lawmakers Leave Washington Without Renewing Expired Surveillance Powers – WSJ

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