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Advancing Research For Hydrocephalus Patients May 21, 2015
Christopher Smith, R-NJ
"My bill provides a remedy. The Advancing Research for Hydrocephalus Act will establish a National Hydrocephalus Surveillance System (NHSS) to collect information on the incidence and prevalence of hydrocephalus among a range of demographics, including changes in epidemiology over time. This surveillance system would provide a wealth of data for researchers. Better surveillance will facilitate better research and lead to better outcomes, treatment and care for the infants, children, and adults experiencing the agonizing pain of hydrocephalus."
Congress Must Address Section 702 Of The Fisa Amendments Act May 21, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"NSA cannot be trusted to protect and follow America’s laws that protect our privacy. This Soviet-style surveillance on Americans has got to stop. The right of privacy is sacred."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 21, 2015
Al Franken, D-MN
"Mr. President, I rise today to speak in support of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. I am a proud cosponsor of this bicameral, bipartisan bill which brings much-needed reform to the Federal Government’s surveillance programs, including an end to the bulk data collection program that the intelligence community has said is not necessary, that the public has said they don’t support, and that the Second Circuit has ruled as unlawful. "
H.R. 2408, The Usa Freedom Act May 20, 2015
Barbara Lee, D-CA
"Yet a ruling last week by the Second Circuit found that the bulk collection of phone records under this section violated the law. The right to privacy is a fundamental American value. And it is clear that the practice of unconstitutional bulk data collection endangers that right. Last week’s court decision underscores this—and makes clear that more robust surveillance reforms are needed. While the USA Freedom Act is a good step forward, it does not go far enough. And I recognize the hard work of my good friend and colleague, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., on this important bill. More than thirteen years after the passage of the PATRIOT Act, Congress must do more to balance our national security with the protection of our civil liberties."
Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"Well, one of the comments that we went through tonight was an opinion by one of the attorneys in the Bush administration. They said, basically, that there were authorities that they were given that were inherent authorities under article II that gave them the right to collect data on Americans. But they also then concluded by saying that Congress had no business at all reviewing this data; that there was no authority—that they were basically powers given to the President and that Congress has no ability—I guess I would be interested, in the form of a question, if the Senator can answer whether he believes there are article II powers of surveillance of American citizens that Congress has no business questioning?"

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