Progressive privacy advocates and civil libertarians on Wednesday called on constituents to urgently call their representative in the U.S. House and demand they vote against a surveillance bill that would allow the Justice Department and FBI to spy on the internet browser histories of people living in the United States—including citizens and undocumented immigrants.THREAD: Congress is trying to ram through a reauthorization of #PatriotAct \u0026amp; #FISA right now, after gutting an amendment that would have prevented mass surveillance of Internet activity. The vote is literally hours away \u0026amp; it\u0026#039;s going to be extremely close. https://t.co/D3bI3wgMrt— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) May 27, 2020After an amendment designed to strengthen the bill was dropped, opponents said it was vital for the bill—a version of which passed the U.S. Senate by a single vote last week—to be defeated outright.With the vote first expected as early as Wednesday night, groups like Fight for the Future and Demand Progress—as well as other opponents—warned there was only a little time left. Later—following uproar and an apparent lack of votes among the Democratic majority to pass the bill, the vote was postponed until at least Thursday.Defeating or delaying the bill, said Evan Greer, policy director for Fight for the Future, \u0022will give us more time to keep fighting and organizing. And it will send a strong message to leadership of both parties that the public is fed up with having our tax dollars wasted on creepy surveillance programs that don\u0026#039;t make anyone safer. CALL YOUR REPS RIGHT NOW.\u0022My org @fightfortheftr has a simple tool set up at https://t.co/D3bI3wgMrt where you can easily email and call your lawmakers, and cc @SpeakerPelosi and @RepAdamSchiff with just a couple of clicks. Spread this far and wide. The vote is tonight!!! Retweet retweet retweet. Go Go go— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) May 27, 2020Sean Vitka, senior policy counsel with the advocacy group Demand Progress, condemned leaders in the House for pushing \u0022a bill that fails to protect internet activity with a warrant\u0022 and called for all members from both major parties to vote \u0022No.\u0022\u0022It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms that would pass the Senate,\u0022 said Vitka. \u0022It is on Congress, and in particular House Democrats, to protect people from [Attorney General] Bill Barr\u0026#039;s FBI.\u0022Not only should House Democrats (and Republicans) vote NO on USA FREEDOM, they should VOTE NO on the RESOLUTION that prevents consideration of amendments to USA FREEDOM.Defeating the resolution means you can fight for something you want. https://t.co/xUc6N6qsVs— Daniel Schuman (@danielschuman) May 27, 2020As outside critics were rallying opposition to the bill, Democratic co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, late Wednesday afternoon announced their official opposition and said they were actively urging members to vote against it.\u0022We have grave concerns that this legislation does not protect people in the United States from warrantless surveillance, especially their online activity including web browsing and internet searches,\u0022 said Jayapal and Pocan in a joint statement. \u0022Despite some positive reforms, the legislation is far too narrow in scope and would still leave the public vulnerable to invasive online spying and data collection.\u0022\u0022We cannot in good conscience vote for legislation that violates Americans\u0026#039; fundamental right to privacy,\u0022 added Jayapal and Pocan. \u0022Therefore, we will be opposing the bill, as well as recommending a \u0026#039;no\u0026#039; vote to members of the Progressive Caucus. For months, we\u0026#039;ve worked to overhaul the expansive surveillance powers authorized in Section 215. There\u0026#039;s no reason to rush through a multi-year authorization that fails to make critical reforms needed to protect the civil liberties of the American public.\u0022The people of this country are over-policed \u0026amp; over-surveilled.I cannot vote to continue and expand that surveillance today.I\u0026#039;m voting NO on the FISA Reauthorization. https://t.co/3QyaGieZrx— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 27, 2020Defending the passage of the bill on the House floor during Wednesday\u0026#039;s debate, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the legislation was an \u0022American bill\u0022 that he claimed would \u0022keep the country safe.\u0022But despite such tired arguments that civil liberties must be sacrificed to national security and the so-called \u0022safety\u0022 of the nation, Fight for the Future said—leapfrogging over the legislative gymnastics that led up to Wednesday\u0026#039;s vote (see here)—that the best thing for Congress to ultimately do is repeal the post-9/11 Patriot Act once and for all:Just let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you cowardsJust let the Patriot Act die you c— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) May 27, 2020Progressive critics warned that Democrats like Hoyer were letting Trump and Republicans come off as righteous heroes by standing as the chief opponents—even if for the wrong or cynical reasons—for what is a deeply flawed bill.Trump tweets stuff like this but then backs McConnell when it\u0026#039;s time to reauthorize mass surveillanceBut honestly, the headline today could have been \u0022@SpeakerPelosi stops Trump from spying on your Internet activity,\u0022 \u0026amp; instead she let @RepAdamSchiff hand Trump a big win pic.twitter.com/pNaKoA90za— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) May 27, 2020As Common Dreams reported earlier, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff was a target of specific ire for his role in sabotaging the amendment which sought to strengthen the bill\u0026#039;s privacy protections and judicial oversight. As Gizmodo\u0026#039;s Dell Cameron remarked after the day\u0026#039;s developments, \u0022Although it\u0026#039;s really been something of a mass delusion for a while, the idea that Democrats are somehow better than Republicans on the Fourth Amendment is, as of this week, nothing short of a joke.\u0022The fact that the GOP-controlled Senate has managed to pass more progressive privacy reforms than the Democratic majority in the House, which has introduced precisely none, should not go unnoticed,\u0022 Cameron added. \u0022But it may also be time to stop feigning surprise when things like this happen and accept that when it comes to privacy, the Schiff roadblock is now the biggest obstacle of them all.And Daniel Schuman, policy director for Demand Progress, tweeted during Wednesday afternoon\u0026#039;s contentious floor debate in the House:Notably absent from this so far is Adam Schiff, who inserted the trojan horse provision into the Lofgren-Davidson amendment and worked to undermine pro-civil liberties reforms.— Daniel Schuman (@danielschuman) May 27, 2020\u0022House Democrats had an opportunity to enact meaningful protections that would have kept people safe,\u0022 said Greer. \u0022Instead they let Rep. Adam Schiff throw it all away at the last minute.\u0022Update: This piece was updated to include several developments, including the postponement of the vote and statements from the CPC co-chairs.