Politics & National Security

Congress Buys Itself Another Three Weeks on Section 702

By Matthew Kahn
Friday, December 22, 2017, 1:17 PM

On Dec. 21, the House and Senate voted 238-188 and 66-32, respectively, to pass a concurring resolution extending government funding until Jan. 19, 2018. One provision of that bill extended the FISA Amendments Act Section 702 reauthorization deadline to that date. Section 702 was previously set to sunset on Dec. 31, 2017. The relevant provision is included below. (Note: The date specified in Section 106(3) is Jan. 19.)

(a) Notwithstanding the dates specified in section 403(b) of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (; 122 Stat. 2474), the amendments made by such section shall not take effect until the date specified in section 106(3) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (division D of ), as amended.

(b) If during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date specified in section 106(3) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (division D of ), as amended, any Act amending the dates specified in section 403(b) of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (; 122 Stat. 2474) is enacted, this section shall be repealed.