The Senate Wednesday passed an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act that would put a check on government surveillance activities by expanding the role of independent “friend of the court” to include FBI surveillance asks in all cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

"This is a critical victory towards reforming our broken intelligence surveillance system,” ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani said in a statement after 77 senators voted for a bipartisan amendment introduced by Sen Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. “After many years of just rubberstamping laws used to commit civil liberties violations, Congress has overwhelmingly passed changes that will help ensure that government claims before a secret intelligence court do not go unchecked.”

By voting in the amendment, the Senate will send the bill back to the House, delaying reauthorization of the act. Guliani implored the House not to “consider any legislation that excludes these important changes.”

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