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Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 29, 2014
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"As these hearings continued, the call for an end to bulk collection under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act grew louder and more persistent. The President’s own Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology testified before the Judiciary Committee to call for an end to bulk collection, concluding that “[t]he information contributed to terrorist investigations by the use of section 215 telephony meta-data was not essential to preventing attacks and could readily have been obtained in a timely manner using conventional section 215 orders.” The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board also called for an end to bulk collection, concluding that the program “lacks a viable legal foundation under Section 215.” Technology executives, legal scholars and privacy advocates called for an end to bulk collection. These witnesses also proposed meaningful reforms to other government authorities, such as Section 702 of FISA, the pen register and trap and trace authorities under FISA, and the national security letter statutes."
Notice Of Intention To Offer Motion To Instruct Conferees On H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard And Reserve Act July 22, 2014
Scott Peters, D-CA
"Mr. Peters of California moves that the managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 3230 (an Act to improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes) be instructed to— (1) recede from disagreement with section 702 of the Senate amendment (relating to the approval of courses of education provided by public institutions of higher learning for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program and the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program conditional on in-State tuition rate for veterans); and (2) recede from the House amendment and concur in the Senate amendment in all other instances."
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 June 26, 2014
Chris Van Hollen, D-MD
"Despite my overall opposition to this legislation, I was happy that a bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Lofgren was adopted that would limit funding for many backdoor programs within Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. This was a provision that was initially in the USA Freedom Act before being stripped in its final passage and would prevent the NSA from being able to search government databases for foreign communications content of American citizens without a warrant. The passage of this amendment will strengthen the privacy and civil liberties of all Americans. Today’s bill also continues to address the problem of sexual assault in the military and fully funds the President’s request for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs."
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 June 23, 2014
Rush Holt, D-NJ
"First, the amendment would prohibit any warrantless search of the so-called “702 databases”—the massive government databases, created by the NSA and first disclosed by Edward Snowden, that contain records of the emails and phone calls of millions of innocent U.S. citizens."
Usa Freedom Act May 22, 2014
Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
"As Mr. Scott has said, our job is not to trust, but to codify. And if you take a look at the selection changes made in the bill, it would allow for bulk collection should the NSA do so. Further, I would note that the transparency provisions have also been weakened. The 702 section would no longer be reportable by companies who receive orders, and instead of the Attorney General noting decisions that change the law, it is now sent over to the Director of National Intelligence."

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