Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Need to Pass the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

“The House has already acted responsibly to reform the expiring provisions by overwhelming passing the USA FREEDOM Act.  They are on their way out of town.  House Republicans have made clear that they will not accept a short-term extension of an illegal bulk collection program.  Because the Majority Leader has run out the clock, the Senate has two options.  The Senate can pass the USA FREEDOM Act, or it can let these provisions expire.  At this point, there is no third option. 

“A growing majority of the Senate supports the USA FREEDOM Act, and when we pass it, the President will sign it.” 

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