FISA Reforms

Civil Liberties and Privacy Advocates, Community Organizations Speak Out

The current authority under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2017.      

On November 29, 2017, fifteen (15) major Asian Pacific American organizations sent a joint letter to to Congress, urging Congress to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act with a package of the following reforms:    

  • A new sunset date in the short term, e.g., 4 years  
  • Maximum reforms to more oversight, accountability and transparency
  • Strong protection of privacy and civil liberty

The joint letter was sent to:     

  • Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
  • House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chair
  • Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member
  • House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chair
  • Senate Intelligence Committee,  Richard Burr (R-NC), Chair
  • Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chair
  • House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chair
  • House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA), Vice Chair
  • Fourth Amendment Caucus, Ted Poe (R-TX), Co-Chair
  • Fourth Amendment Caucus, Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Co-Chair
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair

On November 7, 2017, seven co-authors published a joint blog, titled “Making a Choice in the Legislative Battle of FISA Reauthorization” to describe the active bills that had been introduced in Congress at that time.      

On October 24, 2017, over 40 major civil liberties and privacy rights organizations sent a letter to Congress endorsing the USA RIGHTS Act.   

On October 11, 2017, the Committee of 100 sent a letter to Congress calling for a new sunset date and reforms to improve the terms, transparency, oversight, and accountability in reauthorizing the FISA amendments.     

Congressional Bills to Reauthorize FISA Amendments Act

The Congressional bills are subject to negotiations and change. APA FISA Watch has placed the active bills into the following categories according to their degree of reform to improve privacy and civil liberty:

  • Most Reforms:

        The USA RIGHTS Act  -  Senate bill S. 1997 and  House bill H.R. 4124   


  • Some Reforms   

        USA Liberty Act  -   Senate bill S. 2158 and  House bill H.R. 3989 

  •  No Reforms     

         FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 -  Senate bill S. 2010 and House bill HR 4478.

Please click here for a side by side comparison of the bills listed above.

Organizations in Support of the Joint Letter on November 29, 2017 Calling for Reforms

To date, the following are the organizations and individuals who have publicly voiced support for reforms listed in the joint letter in the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act:  

  • 80-20 Initiative
  • American Heritage Employees Against Discrimination (AHEAD)
  • Asian American Democrats Club
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
  • Asian Services in Action (ASIA)
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA)
  • Chinese American Network for Diversity and Opportunity (CANDO)
  • Coalition of USDA Minority Employees
  • Comboni Missionaries Justice and Peace Resource Center
  • Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC)
  • National Council of Chinese Americans (NCCA)
  • National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
  • National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
  • OCA-Asian American Advocates
  • Ohio Chinese American Association
  • Ohio High School Democrats
  • Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (SoCAPS)
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • The Association of Chinese Americans for Social Justice 
  • United Chinese Americans (UCA)

Click here to download the joint letter we delivered to Congress on November 29, 2017. Please visit How You Can Help if you wish to join us and receive update information. You may also reach us at      

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