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Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions April 28, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"If enacted, our bill will be the most significant reform to government surveillance authorities since the USA PATRIOT Act was passed nearly 14 years ago. Most importantly, our bill will definitively end the NSA’s bulk collection program under section 215. It also guarantees unprecedented transparency about government surveillance programs, allows the FISA Court to appoint an amicus to assist it in significant cases, and brings the national security letter statutes in line with the First Amendment."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 1560, Protecting Cyber Networks Act, And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 1731, National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act Of 2015 April 22, 2015
Doug Collins, R-GA
"Let me be clear. These are not surveillance bills. These are not data collection bills. This is not the PATRIOT Act or FISA. This body will debate intelligence gathering, collecting, sharing, and using at some point in the future, but today is not that day."
Tributes To Departing Senators December 15, 2014
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Madam President, Senator Mark Begich comes from a long line of public servants. In his 6 years in the U.S. Senate, he has been a strong advocate for the people of Alaska. Senator Begich has worked tirelessly to promote Alaska’s economy and business. During his Senate tenure, he has been a partner on such issues as voter protection, the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA reform, and empowering the National Guard."
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."
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."

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