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14-S1599 on Oct 29, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: USA FREEDOM Act
Source: HR3361 & S1599
Congressional summary:: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and Online Monitoring Act or the USA FREEDOM Act:
  • Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to require that the records sought pertain to an individual in contact with a foreign power.
  • Amends the USA PATRIOT Act to minimize the acquisition and retention of information and to prohibit its unauthorized dissemination.
  • Imposes additional requirements on the authorized use of pen registers and trap and trace devices (devices for recording incoming and outgoing telephone numbers).
  • Prohibits the searching of collections of communications of US persons.

    Opponent's argument against (Electronic Frontier Foundation): The bill only addresses a small portion of the problems created by NSA spying. It does not touch problems like NSA programs to sabotage encryption standards; it does not effectively tackle the issue of collecting information on people outside of the US; and it doesn't address the authority that the government is supposedly using to tap the data links between service provider data centers, such as those owned by Google and Yahoo. The bill also does not address excessive secrecy; it won't deal with the major over-classification issues or the state secrets privilege.

    Opponent's argument against (J. Kirk Wiebe, former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst interview with TheRealNews.com): It's window dressing. Stopping bulk collection is a good step, but the only thing that's going to fix this is direct access into NSA's databases by an independent group of hackers, techie types, people like Snowden who know how to get into a network and look at things and verify that the data they're collecting and what they're doing with it complies with the Constitution. The NSA has essentially operated illegally--unconstitutionally--for 60% of its existence.

    Also see the related House bill H.3361.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 24. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Homeland Security
    • Headline: End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act (Score: 2)
    • Headline 2: Sponsored ending bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act (Score: 2)

    • Key for participation codes:
    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
    • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
    • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 14-S1599

    Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerOct 29, 2013
    Mark Begich s1oAK Democratic Jr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Richard Blumenthal s1oCT Democratic Sr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJul 7, 2014
    Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Dec 20, 2013
    Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Oct 29, 2013
    Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Oct 29, 2013
    Patrick Leahy s2pVT Democratic Sr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerOct 29, 2013
    Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeOct 29, 2013
    Jon Tester s1oMT Democratic Jr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously RepresentativeOct 29, 2013
    Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Oct 29, 2013
    John Walsh s1oMT Democratic Senate ChallengerFeb 12, 2014
    Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerOct 29, 2013
    Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorNov 5, 2013

    Republicans participating in 14-S1599

    Dean Heller s1oNevada Republican (Resigned 2011)Oct 29, 2013
    Mike Lee s1oUT Republican Jr SenatorOct 29, 2013
    Lisa Murkowski s1oAK Republican Sr SenatorOct 29, 2013

    Independents participating in 14-S1599

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 19
    Republicans: 3
    Independents: 0

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