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“The sin­gle most im­por­tant piece of na­tional se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion — leg­is­la­tion that if ig­nored will put Amer­i­can lives at great risk — lan­guishes in the House be­cause ‘Blue Dog’ Democrats have ap­par­ently de­cided to aban­don their cam­paign prom­ises to be strong on na­tional se­cu­rity and kow­tow to Nancy Pelosi,” noted Hu­man Events on May 12.

“On Jan. 28, twenty-one Blue Dogs signed a let­ter urg­ing Speaker Pelosi to move for­ward with bi­par­ti­san FISA leg­is­la­tion in the House in the same form that had passed the Se­nate in Oc­to­ber. ‘The Rock­e­feller-Bond FISA leg­is­la­tion con­tains sat­is­fac­tory lan­guage ad­dress­ing all th­ese is­sues, and we would fully sup­port that mea­sure should it reach the House floor with­out sub­stan­tial change,’ they wrote.

“The Blue Dogs even high­lighted that FISA leg­is­la­tion should in­clude tar­geted im­mu­nity for car­ri­ers that par­tic­i­pate in anti-ter­ror­ism sur­veil­lance pro­grams, a pro­vi­sion that is con­tested among their Demo­crat col­leagues. It is also ‘crit­i­cal that we up­date the FISA laws in a timely mat­ter [. . .] the con­se­quences of not pass­ing such a mea­sure could place our na­tional se­cu­rity at risk.’

“Pelosi ig­nored the Blue Dogs’ let­ter and re­fused to bring the Se­nate bill to the House floor de­spite the ob­vi­ous fact that it would have passed by a sim­ple ma­jor­ity vote. She con­tin­ues to keep the bill buried even af­ter an ur­gent re­quest from [At­tor­ney Gen­eral] Michael Mukasey and di­rec­tor of na­tional intelligence J.M. McCon­nell.”

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