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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., second from left, speaks about health care during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He is joined by, from left, Rep Mark Sanford, R-S.C., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The House Freedom Caucus will not support a bill to renew a controversial spy program


Members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus on Tuesday announced they would oppose a bill to extend the government's top foreign intelligence spying program, citing concerns about American's privacy rights.

The House is expected to vote on a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on Thursday. There are several dozen members of the Freedom Caucus and the group's opposition to a bill could kill it's chances of passing on the floor.

“The House Freedom Caucus is opposed to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 because it allows the government to collect and search Americans’ communications without a warrant,” the caucus said in a statement.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns about section 702 of the current law. The provision allows the National Security Agency to collect data and communication on persons of interest overseas. The controversy comes when an American citizen's personal information is caught up in the data collection when they have conversations with foreign nationals.

This tiny section of surveillance law is going to cause a big fight in Congress come January

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