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Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 June 21, 2016
John McCain, R-AZ
"Mr. President, the White House approved the FBI’s request for this fix and sent forward a proposal, and then FBI Director James Comey, who I think is well respected—in fact, probably one of the most respected men in America—summed up the importance of this amendment, the Director of the FBI. No one who I know of has accused the Director of the FBI of trying to adopt some unconstitutional practices or gather power upon himself and his agency. Here is what he said: This amendment “would be enormously helpful.” That is despite what the Senator from Oregon says. He said this is essentially “a typo in the law that was passed a number of years ago that requires us to get records, ordinary transaction records that we can get in most contexts with a non-court order, because it doesn’t involve content of any kind, to go to the FISA court to get a court order to get these records. Nobody intended that.” That is what the Director of the FBI says. That is what the record shows, as is important. As the Director of the FBI says:"
Tribute To Jack Livingston June 13, 2016
Richard Burr, R-NC
"As the minority and majority general counsel, Jack enjoyed some major successes in national security legislation. From the Protect America Act to the FISA Amendments Act, Jack worked tirelessly to secure the best result for our terrorist surveillance capabilities. Jack was passionate about this issue and understood it better than pretty much anyone else. The committee’s FISA audit was a hallmark of Jack’s early tenure on the committee and provided the impetus for many improvements in the conduct of national security investigations and for later legislation in which Jack played significant roles. Jack led the committee’s passage of the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015, the product of years of bipartisan work and compromise on an issue that has taken on new urgency with the increase in cyber threats, and of numerous intelligence authorization acts that secured critical authorities and capabilities for our intelligence professionals."
Authority For Committees To Meet May 10, 2016
Tom Cotton, R-AR
"Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on the Judiciary be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate on May 10, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., in room SD-226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, to conduct a hearing entitled “Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance between National Security, Privacy and Civil Liberties.”"
40Th Anniversary Of The Release Of The Church Committee Report April 26, 2016
Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
"In addition, in 1978, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act which established the FISA Court to oversee requests for intelligence warrants within the United States."
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Section 702 And Spying By Nsa February 11, 2016
Ted Poe, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, the NSA is using a loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on Americans without a warrant. Under section 702 of FISA, government agents may seize information from databases on suspected foreign terrorists."

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