Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday evening warned against pushing a proposal on the Senate floor to give the FBI more power to obtain email records and browsing histories without a warrant.
The provision to expand the scope of government orders, formally called national security letters, will likely be debated next week during the Senate’s work on the fiscal 2017 Commerce appropriations bill, Wyden said.
“This will, I’m sure, be a topic of extensive discussion on the Senate floor next week, Mr. President. I just wanted to take this opportunity to outline my views,” Wyden said.
Lawmakers have attached the national security letters amendment to several pieces of legislation recently.