The subcommittee suggests that it might be reducing the amount of funding for the National Applications Office to an amount that is somewhat less than what President Obama requested. However, as of this morning, the markup listings (here and here) of the Homeland Security programs with reduced or eliminated funding do not include the National Applications Office.
Representative Harman is a particularly interesting person to sponsor legislation against warrantless satellite spying, given that she has herself been the target of, and yet a defender of, warrantless surveillance by the Executive’s intelligence agencies.
Senate Quietly and Unanimously Passes Legislation Preventing Changes to FISA Amendments Act or Patriot Act
Last June, the U.S. Senate was poised to pass the FISA Amendments Act (full text here) — a bill that made permanent the warrantless surveillance system enacted by 2007’s Protect America Act, adding on legal immunity for any past spying on Americans without a warrant.