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Entry Title Date
National Security Legislation May 23, 2015
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"I am not here to talk about the program, but I will tell you whom I am ready to talk about—the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who work at the National Security Agency, and I want to talk about what they go through every day. They are out there working a 36-hour day trying to defend the United States of America, and they want to work under a law that is constitutional, is legal, is authorized, so they can do the necessary work to defend the United States of America. They thought they were doing that under the old FISA bill. They thought they were doing that. They were proud of what they were doing. They mustered everything they could give to this country. Then along comes Eric Snowden. Then along come the leaks. Then along comes the pontificating about “My, my, my, we have to worry about privacy.”"
Executive Session May 21, 2015
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"I hope we will have an update from the bill managers here shortly, but I want to remind everybody, we are going to finish this bill before we leave. We are going to deal with FISA and we are going to deal with highways. There is a path forward, if people want to take it, that could complete all of this work at a reasonable time—probably sometime tomorrow—or we could make it difficult, but the end won’t change. So I would just encourage at least some level of cooperation here because we are doing TPA and we are doing FISA and we are doing highways."
Congress Must Address Section 702 Of The Fisa Amendments Act May 21, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"But there is more. There is another law. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, section 702, allows the seizure, without a warrant, of the content of emails, text messages, and phone calls by our government. Congress must address this, as it has addressed section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. It also allows, under 702, the backdoor search; in other words, NSA can go into Google and seize information about Americans without a warrant."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 21, 2015
Al Franken, D-MN
"The FCC regulations require them to hold on to telephone call records for 18 months. None of that has changed. It bears emphasizing that the relationship USA FREEDOM calls for between phone companies and the government is nothing new. Our Nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies have long worked with phone companies to obtain specific records, either historic or prospective records, when conducting domestic criminal investigations or carrying out sensitive national security investigations such as FISA wiretaps."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"I think that is a good question, and the Senator’s office and my office have worked for a while to try to come up with FISA reforms. One of them is sort of in the USA FREEDOM Act but maybe could be better, saying that there ought to be a special advocate so there is an adversarial proceeding."

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