Our FISA bill is set to expire. The Senate passed new legislation that would restore it, but this legislation also provided for retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies who provided intelligence to the Government. The House has a problem with this latter part and is working to find a workable bill that doesn’t provide such blanket immunity. However, the resultant delay has President Bush up in arms.
Bush feels that by delaying or resisting to pass the bill as currently configured, we’re jeopardizing our ability to track the activities of terrorist organizations and “American lives could be lost.”
Bush has promised to veto any bill that doesn’t contain this immunity. The House is still working on the wording of the bill, but has offered to put forth a temporary measure to extent the power of the current law until this issue can be resolved. Bush has promised to veto any extensions.
These congress members are calling him out. What exactly is Bush’s motive here? Check out this article.