"An independent voice before the FISC will not only assure that the privacy concerns of Americans are taken into account, but it will also improve the quality of FISA court opinions by giving judges access to contrary views. It may also result in the restructuring of programs to improve privacy safeguards while assuring the government access to information necessary to protect the country," Schiff said in a statement.
The White House has endorsed the idea of having a privacy advocate at the FISC, and Sens. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senators demand Pentagon action after nude photo scandal Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings MORE (D-Conn.), Ron WydenRon WydenDem senator wants ethics probe of Mnuchin ‘Lego Batman’ plug Overnight Finance: Trump stock slump | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | Dem wants ethics probe into Treasury secretary Senate Dem calls for ethics probe of Treasury secretary MORE (D-Ore.) and Tom UdallTom UdallThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-N.M.) have introduced similar legislation.
Schiff, a member of the Intelligence Committee, is also pushing bills to require that the Senate confirm FISC judges and to restructure the NSA's phone data collection program.