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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."
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 June 23, 2014
Rush Holt, D-NJ
"One of the predictions I and others made in 2008 when Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act became law was that NSA would misuse the law for the “reverse targeting” of Americans’ communications while collecting against foreigners. As we now know, that is exactly what happened, and those communications—billions of phone calls, emails, text messages and the like—sit on National Security Agency servers, available for search without a warrant. This amendment would bar the NSA from using any funds in this act to conduct any warrantless search of stored communications of Americans collected under Sec. 702 of FISA, thus protecting the privacy and Constitutional rights of all Americans."
Usa Freedom Act May 23, 2014
Mike Rogers, R-MI
"Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking Chairman Goodlatte, Mr. Sensenbrenner, the other Judiciary Committee sponsors, and Leader Cantor for all of their hard work coming to a compromise with the Intelligence Committee that enacts meaningful change to FISA while preserving operational capabilities."

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