(03.01, 03.02, 03.03, 03.04 HC)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the House of Representatives
overwhelmingly passed the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the controversial domestic surveillance programs. The passage of this legislation is the result of strong bipartisan negotiations to strike a balance in order to protect American citizens' rights without dealing a blow to lawful and warranted surveillance efforts. Mr. Speaker, Congress did not intend for any law to authorize the indiscriminate collection of personal information from Americans. The USA FREEDOM Act will help end government overreach, while ensuring intelligence agencies have the tools at their disposal to lawfully pursue suspected terrorists in efforts to protect all Americans. As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, I applaud the Judiciary Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for working together to provide a bill that strikes a balance to protect our constitutional rights without compromising our national security.
—Glenn Thompson, U.S. Representative (R) from Pennsylvania, May 14, 2015
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