“Democrats are yet again putting our national security at risk with their stall tactics.”

WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Judiciary Democrats postponed today’s markup, delaying consideration of the reauthorization of FISA provisions that are set to expire on March 15, 2020.

“Democrats are yet again putting our national security at risk with their stall tactics. Critical counterterrorism provisions are hanging in the balance because Democrats chose to delay an already ill-timed markup. As I stated yesterday, the Democrats’ bill does not address the serious issues in our FISA system, as highlighted by Inspector General Horowitz. I’m not at all surprised that all Republicans, and apparently even some Democrats, agree.

“The status quo is unacceptable. We cannot reauthorize these counterterrorism provisions without instituting critical safeguards that protect the civil liberties of all Americans. We must reform our FISA system in order to restore the American people’s confidence in our law enforcement and intelligence communities and ensure what happened to Carter Page and the Trump campaign never happens again.”