House Scraps Surveillance Bill Vote After Veto Threat From Trump
By Billy House
May 28, 2020, 3:09 PM
House Democrats withdrew a bill to restore federal surveillance authorities used in tracking of suspected terrorists and spies amid a veto threat from President Donald Trump and a solid wall of GOP opposition.
The lack of support is a blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who also faced opposition from progressive Democrats who argued that the surveillance measure didn’t do enough to protect Americans’ civil liberties.
“The two-thirds of the Republican party that voted for this bill in March have indicated they are going to vote against it now,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement Thursday. “I am ...