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House Passes $886B NDAA, Including Extension of Warrantless Surveillance Program

HeadlineDec 15, 2023

The House of Representatives voted 310 to 118 to pass a record $886 billion military bill on Thursday, one day after it won Senate approval. Its passage came despite concerns over its extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. The Congressional Progressive Caucus encouraged its members to oppose the measure, though in the end just 45 Democrats voted against the largest-ever National Defense Authorization Act. The ACLU said, “It’s incredibly disheartening that Congress decided to extend an easily-abused law with zero of the reforms needed to protect all of our privacy.” The bill also includes more military funding for Ukraine, a 5.2% raise for troops, and a measure preventing the president from withdrawing from NATO without congressional approval.

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