According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the U.S. House will vote on whether or not to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and to potentially expand both NSA and civil law enforcement agencies' surveillance powers in the same bill.
GOP leaders made a decision to bring the Nunes bill to the floor rather than legislation passed by the House Judiciary Committee that supporters say had stronger privacy provisions. He saw the word "controversial" and "FISA" in a "Fox and Friends" chyron and remembered that it was the program used to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign aides Carter Page and Paul Manafort.
Legislation to renew the program that allows spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets overseas passed the House 256-164 and now heads to the Senate.
But the suggestion that Trump had agreed with that significant change to the surveillance law received support from Paul, who is sponsoring the amendment with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). According to USA Today, the Senate is expected to vote favorably to renew the program.
Paul is no stranger to talk-a-thons and filibusters.
On Wednesday evening, the White House put out a statement expressing the administration's opposition to the bipartisan effort.
On Thursday morning, the U.S. president tweeted that the programme had been used by the Obama administration to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump campaign".
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Trump's tweets were "inaccurate, conflicting and confusing statements" and Schiff unsuccessfully suggested that a vote on the bill should be delayed until the White House's position can be ascertained.
He said that "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"
The measure aims to more tightly restrict how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed, particularly during presidential transitions.
Republicans have long raised concerns that the dossier, written by a British spy and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee, was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as justification to secure a FISA warrant and monitor members of the Trump campaign over concerns of collusion with Russian officials.
"He has concerns about the domestic FISA law", the speaker explained, not the 702 bill.
"It's a good compromise that addresses the concern that Section 702 not be used for a fishing expedition involving USA persons, and at the same time preserves the vitality of 702 as a very important national security tool", said Rep. Adam Schiff, Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which produced the bill.
As Trump's morning tweet sent shockwaves through Washington, the president once again took to Twitter, this time to voice support for the 702 authority.
"It's a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse, for losing an election", he said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pointed out that a "clean" bill would not include the security and border wall that Trump has insisted be part of any immigration plan.
Until that tweet, the Trump administration had strongly pressed Congress to extend the authority, before it lapses on January 19.
Without congressional action, legal support for Section 702 will expire next week, although intelligence officials say it could continue through April.