House Delays Vote On Surveillance Reforms After ‘National Security Threat’

House Speaker Mike Johnson of La., second from right, flanked by, from left, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas., speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, following their meeting with President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The House of Representatives delayed a vote on reforming a controversial surveillance tool shortly after lawmakers warned of a “national security threat,” according to Speaker Mike Johnson’s deputy chief for communications, Raj Shah.

The chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday published a statement requesting President Joe Biden declassify information regarding an unspecified “serious national security threat.” Congress had been considering a compromise bill to reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act(FISA), but the process has been postponed.