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Backroom FISA Deal in the Making?

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May 5, 2008

There was chatter on the blogs last week that FISA compromise was in the works, but it wasn’t until late Friday night that our lobbyists confirmed that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is working on a compromise bill with Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) – yes, the same senator known for taking thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from the telecom companies he’s angling to protect with immunity. Hoyer and Rockefeller may try to lock in a deal within the next few days.

It seemed like just yesterday that a flood of calls to House Democrats’ offices compelled them to stand up the Bush administration and DNI Michael McConnell’s lies and fear-mongering that another terrorist attack was imminent without a Protect America Act reauthorization. House Democrats stood firm and protected their constituents’ rights; but now it looks like they’re ready to back down, and cave in to the President’s immunity demands.

It’s imperative that you contact your congressperson and let them know you’re watching: tell them you expect them to vote against any compromise deal that gives the law-breaking phone companies immunity, or allows spying on Americans without warrants.

Don’t let your House member give President Bush even greater spying powers. Contact your House member now.

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