Internet privacy group Fight for the Future said Wednesday that House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff—who has called President Donald Trump a \u0022clear and present danger\u0022 to democracy—\u0022may be the biggest hypocrite in Congress\u0022 after the California Democrat threw a wrench into efforts to curb the Justice Department\u0026#039;s powers to surveil U.S. web browsing records without a warrant.Over the weekend, Schiff and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) hammered out a deal on a compromise privacy amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, a Senate-passed bill that would renew major elements of the FBI\u0026#039;s surveillance authority. The amendment was originally welcomed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a leading privacy advocate in Congress, as a solid safeguard against warrantless internet spying.\u0022House Democrats had an opportunity to enact meaningful protections that would have kept people safe. Instead they let Rep. Adam Schiff throw it all away at the last minute.\u0022 —Evan Greer, Fight for the FutureBut Schiff on Tuesday instead advanced a narrower interpretation of the amendment in a statement to the New York Times just hours before the surveillance reauthorization bill was expected to hit the House floor for a vote.Schiff\u0026#039;s interpretation of the measure, according to the Times, \u0022left open the possibility of interpreting the potential new law as banning only deliberate attempts to collect an American\u0026#039;s data, leaving the FBI free to ask for lists of all visitors to websites despite the risk that the list may turn out to incidentally include some Americans.\u0022The California Democrat\u0026#039;s comments led Wyden to withdraw his support for the amendment and caused an uproar among privacy advocates, many of whom are publicly urging lawmakers to oppose the amendment and the surveillance bill as a whole.\u0022House Democrats had an opportunity to enact meaningful protections that would have kept people safe,\u0022 Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement. \u0022Instead they let Rep. Adam Schiff throw it all away at the last minute.\u0022\u0022Frankly, Schiff may be the biggest hypocrite in Congress,\u0022 Greer added. \u0022He constantly talks about how the Trump administration is dangerous and authoritarian. And he\u0026#039;s right. But time and time again he has done everything in his power to ensure that the Trump administration has essentially limitless domestic surveillance authority that can be weaponized to target immigrants, activists, journalists, and religious minorities.\u0022Fight for the Future urged the House to vote down the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act and \u0022let the Patriot Act\u0026#039;s domestic surveillance programs die permanently.\u0022Progressive advocacy group Demand Progress is also urging the House to vote against the legislation unless it includes an amendment by Wyden and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) that would bar the FBI from surveilling internet browsing records without a warrant.Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress, slammed Schiff on Twitter for inserting \u0022Trojan horse language into an amendment to make it look like it makes the FBI get a warrant before obtaining your internet search history, but in reality imposes no such limit.\u0022\u0022Schiff is, unsurprisingly, the bad guy here. He forced an amendment to allow the targeting of immigrants and dreamers,\u0022 tweeted Schuman, pointing out that the amendment would only protect American citizens from warrantless spying.5/ Schiff is, unsurprisingly, the bad guy here. He forced an amdt to allow the targeting of immigrants and dreamers. He says the bill text would still allow the FBI to warrantlessly surveil. Lofgren points to a history of the Intel folks adopting bizarre legal interpretations.— Daniel Schuman (@danielschuman) May 27, 2020As of Wednesday afternoon, the surveillance bill is reportedly \u0022on life support\u0022 in the House amid growing bipartisan opposition.President Donald Trump, the Justice Department, and some House Republicans are also opposed to the bill—though for entirely different reasons than progressive privacy advocates. In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said Attorney General William Barr would recommend that Trump veto the legislation because of its limitations on the FBI\u0026#039;s domestic surveillance powers.Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said Wednesday that the Congressional Progressive Caucus is also urging its members to vote no on the bill.\u0022Thank you to Mark Pocan and Rep. Pramila Jayapal for standing up for our rights and freedoms,\u0022 tweeted Evan Weber, political director of the Sunrise Movement.