House delays vote on extending surveillance laws after Trump veto threat

The House on Wednesday scrapped a vote on a bill seeking to extend surveillance options the FBI considers crucial in the fight against terrorism.

House Democrats pulled the legislation after President Trump threatened to “quickly veto” it. Trump said the “massive abuse” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was a “big part” of an attempted “coup” against his administration in the early days of the Russia investigation.

Trump’s opposition prompted House Republicans to withdraw their support. Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has about 70 Democratic House members, also came out against the legislation, saying it lacked reforms demanded by privacy advocates.

The House reconvenes on Thursday, and could try then to approve the spy program.

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