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Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations The Right To Appeal Act May 20, 2015
Rand Paul, R-KY
"According to Mueller, approximately 99 percent of the cases led nowhere. Nevertheless, internal counsel for the administration said that because the Nation had been thrust into an armed conflict by foreign attack, the President has determined in his role as Commander in Chief that it is essential for defense against a further attack to use these wiretapping capabilities within the United States. He has inherent constitutional authority to order warrantless wiretapping."
Uniting And Strengthening America By Fulfilling Rights And Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act Of 2015 May 15, 2015
Chris Van Hollen, D-MD
"Unfortunately, here we are a year later and Chairman Goodlatte and Rep. Sensenbrenner still have not allowed for a full debate and vote on this issue. Despite the Chairman’s supposed support to end Section 702, when Congresswoman Lofgren offered an amendment during markup of the USA Freedom Act to prohibit these warrantless backdoor searches, Chairman Goodlatte said, “this is a poison pill amendment …, there is a time and a place for everything.” When this bill came before the Rules Committee, Rep. Lofgren was not even allowed to offer her amendment."
Uniting And Strengthening America By Fulfilling Rights And Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act Of 2015 May 13, 2015
Mark Sanford, R-SC
"Mr. Speaker, last week a federal appeals court declared that the NSA’s bulk data collection on American citizens over the past 14 years was illegal. So why is Congress considering a bill that would legalize a program already deemed illegal? Unfortunately, that is what the USA FREEDOM Act does, and I believe codifies a program that violates the Constitution. When the Fourth Amendment says that the American people have the right to be free from warrantless searches and seizures of themselves and their property, I think it’s a pretty clear statement on the limits of governmental action. Unfortunately, the bill today does not fully protect that right and accordingly I don’t support it. The bill’s purpose was to rein in the NSA’s bulk data collection program but failed on that front, and I wanted to offer a few thoughts as to why."
Stop Warrantless Searches On Americans May 12, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"Post 9/11 and with two ongoing wars, many believed that government surveillance—including warrantless searches and seizures—was limited to foreign nationals, not American citizens."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions February 4, 2015
Mike Lee, R-UT
"The Lee-Leahy ECPA Amendments Act of 2015 would prohibit electronic communications or remote computing service providers—such as Gmail or Facebook or Twitter, for example—from voluntarily disclosing the contents of customer emails or other communications. It eliminates the ambiguous and outdated 180-day rule that some government agencies believe grants them warrantless access to the content of older emails. That is any emails older than the very young age of 180 days old. Instead, all requests for the content of electronic communications would require a search warrant—a search warrant required by the Fourth Amendment, a search warrant based on probable cause—and law enforcement agencies would be required to notify within 10 days any persons whose email accounts were searched, subject to some logical and narrow exceptions, of course."

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