The House on Thursday reauthorized a surveillance program used by the country’s intelligence agencies to spy on foreigners but voted against limiting it.
An amendment that would have put privacy restrictions on how authorities can use information gathered during the monitoring failed by a 233-183 vote.
Moments later, the House reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by a 256-164 margin.
It now goes to the Senate.
Earlier Thursday, President Trump trashed the program and then backtracked.
“House votes on controversial FISA ACT today. This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?,” he wrote on Twitter.
But then about two hours later, in another tweet, he called for it to be authorized.
“With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!,” he posted.
Trump’s tweets created enough chaos before the vote that Democrats were calling for the vote to be delayed until the president’s stand on FISA could be figured out.
With Post wires