06 August 2007

From the Halls of Congress

Connecticut's Democrat Congressional delegation stood united on Saturday in opposition to critical updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Although the law has proven critical in the fight against transnational terrorist jihadism, it hasn't been appropriately updated to account for the new technologies that have developed since its passage in the 1970s.

In a rare Saturday session, the U.S. House passed the bill to update the FISA law and allow for U.S. Intelligence agencies to intercept international communications that are bounced through American infrastructure. Connecticut's Democratic Representatives - John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, and Chris Murphy - all voted with the Party Leadership against the bill.

Fortunately, 41 moderate Democrats broke ranks and voted in favor of the bill along with 186 Republicans. The bill passed the Senate last Friday 60-28.