House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerFeehery: Build back bipartisan Bottom line On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Breaking down the sluggish September jobs report MORE (D-Md.) announced on Friday that he expects the House to vote to reauthorize the FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 (FISA) before the end of the month.
The announcement comes just one day after the upper chamber passed legislation reauthorizing three intelligence programs that lapsed earlier this year.
"Madam Speaker, members are advised no votes are expected in the House next week. Members are further advised that the House will be in session on Wednesday, May 27 and [Thursday] May 28. As everyone knows, the Senate has amended the House-passed FISA bill, a very important piece of legislation which will require the House to act again," Hoyer said on the floor Friday evening. "I expect that to be considered on the 27th.
While the House passed its FISA bill earlier this year, the Senate amended the measure to add more legal protections for certain individuals targeted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Although the House passed legislation along party lines to allow for remote committee work and proxy voting shortly before the announcement, Hoyer said he expects a sizable number of members in Washington for the vote.
"We expect a good turnout of members on both sides of the aisle to be in the chamber when we meet," he said. "We do know, however, there are members who for health reasons – either their own health or the health of one of their family members – [or] transportation issues ... [will be unable to meet in-person], but our expectation is there will be a good number of members.
"We do not expect there to be 20 members here; [we] expect there to be many more," he added.
Members are expected to be provided with 72 hours notice before being called back to Washington.