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Entry Title Date
H.R. 2408, The Usa Freedom Act May 20, 2015
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"The USA Freedom Act should include more robust protections to prevent the surveillance of individuals with no nexus to terrorism or any specific investigation. This would ensure adequate protections against indiscriminate surveillance from the government and ensure that Section 215 cannot be used to collect Americans’ records unrelated to any specific investigation. We should also be working for more robust minimization procedures to ensure that information collected under Section 215 is not stored in databases for years. This type of provision was included in a previous version of this bill and must be restored. We should also work to limit additional authorities outside of Section 215 that have been used to collect Americans’ records in bulk. We know that the government has used other authorities—such as administrative subpoena laws—to collect Americans’ records in bulk. And finally, H.R. 2048 should be amended to ensure that the government does not use authorities under Section 702 as a backdoor to conduct surveillance on Americans. Section 702 allows the government to intercept contents of Americans’ electronic communications with individuals abroad—and stores them in a database—without a warrant. Reforms to Section 702 should be included in this bill."
Uniting And Strengthening America By Fulfilling Rights And Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act Of 2015 May 13, 2015
Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
"In place of the current bulk telephone metadata program, the USA FREEDOM Act creates a targeted program that allows the intelligence community to collect non-content call detail records held by the telephone companies, but only with the prior approval of the FISA court and subject to the “special selection term” limitation. The records provided to the government in response to queries will be limited to two “hops,” and the government’s handling of any records it acquires will be governed by minimization procedures approved by the FISA court."
Iran April 22, 2015
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
" `This was a terrific present to Iran for its Army Day celebration on Saturday, when the regime showed off some of its weapons to slogans of “Death to America,” and “Death to Israel.” ‘ He adds, `Equally dismaying was Obama’s minimization in the same press conference of Russia’s announcement to sell S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries to Iran, which will make a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities much harder. Perhaps Obama was trying to save face by this Russian move, and/or perhaps he no longer opposes the Russian sale because it will make it harder for Israel to spoil the nuclear deal through military action.’"
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions July 29, 2014
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"As a backstop, the bill also mandates additional minimization procedures when the government’s collection under Section 215 is likely to be overbroad. It requires the government to destroy data unrelated to its investigation within a reasonable time frame."
Thermal Insulation Efficiency Improvement Act June 23, 2014
Adam Kinzinger, R-IL
"Today, millions of gallons of water and energy are wasted due to heating losses that could be prevented through the increased use of thermal insulation. The purpose of this legislation is to help identify opportunities in which we can maximize energy and water efficiency through the minimization of waste in our Federal facilities."

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