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Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Continued June 23, 2016
John Cornyn, R-TX
"What is so important about this is that it is not a grant of access to content. That requires a showing of probable cause in a court of law, consistent with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But unfortunately, yesterday, the one tool that might have given the FBI some additional information that might have triggered a further investigation, might have kept Mateen on one of these lists, which would have heightened the surveillance and the investigation of this person—it didn’t happen."
Commerce, Justice, Science, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 June 21, 2016
Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
"You see, I am from the school of thought—along with, I know, the ranking member of the Committee on Armed Services, also a member of the Committee on Appropriations—that the defense of the Nation and the protection of its people doesn’t rely only on the Department of Defense. There are also other muscular ways of protecting it, some of which are, first of all, response and surveillance and so on in existing, constitutionally allowed authorities and giving more money to the FBI to operate under the law as we have currently defined it."
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 June 14, 2016
Nita Lowey, D-NY
"A great deal of good elsewhere in the bill is overshadowed by this failure. I thank the chairman for his work to increase cybersecurity operations by nearly $1 billion; invest in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance resources combat commanders clamor for; provide strong, bipartisan support for our allies in the Middle East; and finance important health initiatives that help warfighters and their families."
Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 5053, Preventing Irs Abuse And Protecting Free Speech Act; And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. June 14, 2016
Buddy Carter, R-GA
"Warfighters have also relied on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems, or JSTARS, for up-to-date information on enemy movements, and this bill ensures our legacy fleet can continue to fly until the Air Force completes this recapitalization program."
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."

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