On February 12, 2008, the US Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the FISA Amendments Act, legislation intended to replace the temporary Protect America Act in modernizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The legislation provided immunity for telecommunications companies from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program. Congress had been debating the controversial issue of telecom immunity while working on long-term legislation to "modernize" the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
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