Rush Statement on House Passage of FISA Amendments Reauthorization
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the passage of S. 139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.
“With this vote, the House has, once again, passed a bill that continues to give government increased power to spy on American citizens without a warrant.
“Instead of enacting the constitutional safeguards that the Amash/Lofgren Amendment proposed, and that I support, the bill that passed today means Americans have fewer protections, less oversight, and face an increased risk that their rights will be violated.
“All of us here were sent to Congress to support and defend the Constitution, and that means protecting the American people from having their civil liberties infringed upon and not creating the mechanism to do so.
“That is why I voted NO. I remain committed to protecting both the United States’ national security and the American people’s privacy and look forward to working towards a solution that accomplishes both of these important needs.”