Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted in a floor speech that Americans are relying on the internet more than ever due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Don’t those Americans deserve some measure of privacy?” he asked, arguing that without the amendment “it is open season on anybody’s most personal information.”
Senators were expected to vote later today on an amendment from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), which aims to bolster legal protections for individuals targeted by federal surveillance.
On Thursday they will vote on an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would prohibit the FISA court from authorizing surveillance of a U.S. citizen. Then they will move onto final passage.