LaMalfa opposes overreaching surveillance provisions in FY 2024 NDAA

Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted against final passage of the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act. In July of this year, the House passed a different version of the annual defense policy bill, which LaMalfa supported.

The version voted on today is a combination of the House and Senate’s bill that now includes an extension of a warrantless surveillance program through April 19, 2024.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally established to enable the U.S. government to obtain intelligence by collecting communications records of foreign persons based overseas who are using U.S.-based communications services.

However, the FBI has found loopholes to exploit that allows them to search the data it collects for Americans’ information – as opposed to foreign adversaries – without proper justification or a warrant.

“FISA has been repeatedly abused by the FBI, and I do not support an extension in this current form,” LaMalfa said. “:It is frustrating that the Senate combined FISA with the NDAA in the first place and is hostile towards a clean bill. I had hoped that the two House FISA reform bills would’ve been heard and the best pieces of them put forward.

“I also have issues with the Senate NDAA provisions that removed cuts to DEI indoctrination and that they are allowing military funds to be used for travel to out-of-state abortions as well as funding for sex changes. There are serious issues in this bill that should be taken on their own rather than lumped together in a take it or leave it ultimatum. Being leveraged to accept such bad policy elements in order to support the true mission of our military and a pay raise for our personnel is a very bad process and disrespectful to taxpayers and the military personnel themselves.

“Today’s version of FISA is a far departure from the original purpose of surveilling suspected foreign terrorists, and it doesn’t belong in an annual defense authorization bill. Instead, we need more hearing time on the two FISA reform bills currently pending. Congress must reevaluate FISA and strengthen its Fourth Amendment protections, especially after the law has been inappropriately used against domestic political rivals.”