Legislation Does Not Provide Accountability

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, July 9, 2008) – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today delivered closing remarks in the Senate’s debate over amending the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  The Senate is expected to vote on three amendments to the pending legislation, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, including a Leahy-sponsored amendment to strike Title II of the bill, which would provide immunity for telecommunications carriers that aided in the Bush administration’s illegal wiretapping program.  Leahy is expected to oppose the legislation if votes on the three pending amendments fail.

Leahy’s closing remarks as prepared follow.  For more on Leahy’s work on FISA, including audio and video of Judiciary Committee and floor statements, click here.

Leahy Statement on the Dodd-Feingold-Leahy Amendment to Strike Immunity

Leahy Statement on the Bingaman Amendment to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

Leahy Statement on the Specter Amendment to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008

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