Yet it's unclear how quickly the legislation can become law.
The House has been holding votes on a limited basis during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Senate on Wednesday sent a mixed message about limiting the government's power to spy on Americans using some of the tools it used to surveil members of President Trump's 2016 campaign in the Russian Federation probe. They want him to veto it. As described by the ACLU, it "strengthens the role of independent "friends of the court" to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, ensuring that the court has additional opportunities to hear the views of outside experts".
The provisions at issue allow the FBI to get a court order for business records in national security investigations, to conduct surveillance without establishing that the subject is acting on behalf of an global terrorism organization, and to more easily continue eavesdropping on a subject who has switched cellphone providers to thwart detection.
The US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
Attorney General William Barr and several intelligence agencies endorsed the House bill, arguing the FISA provisions are critical to stopping terror attacks and other foreign threats.
"The American people need their government to act strongly, boldly and wisely, and this new legislation is just what this crisis demands", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor.
"We appreciate the Senate's reauthorization of three expired national security authorities", department national security spokesman Marc Raimondi said in a statement.
He followed up with only a one-word tweet on Thursday: "Vote".
The third amendment, from Sen.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a critic of the bill who successfully added an amendment in the Senate, said he hopes that privacy advocates will continue to try to improve the bill in the House. The chamber eventually adopted a 77-day extension as a short-term solution, but the House never took it up.
As it considered amendments on Wednesday, the Senate blocked by one vote an amendment that would have prevented law enforcement from collecting information on Americans' internet habits without a warrant.
In a Senate speech before Kentucky GOP Sen.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed to reporters Thursday that the "Obama-Biden plan that has been referenced was insufficient" and eventually was "superseded by a President Trump-style pandemic preparedness response plan". Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, proposed the amendment aimed at curbing government surveillance powers.