Senate Poised To Take Up USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 This Month

Leahy Urges All Senators To Support Historic NSA Reform To Protect Americans’ Privacy Rights

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, November 12, 2014) –Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday urged swift passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the final weeks of the 113th Congress, after the Senate moved toward a vote on the historic legislation.

The bipartisan bill, which Leahy introduced in July, will restore Americans’ privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records and by requiring greater oversight, transparency and accountability for domestic surveillance authorities.  It has broad bipartisan support among the Intelligence Community, the technology industry, and privacy advocates.  The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 will give the Intelligence Community an updated legal framework while also protecting the privacy rights of Americans.

“The American people are wondering whether Congress can get anything done,” Leahy said Wednesday night, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed the first procedural motion for the Senate to consider the bill.  “The answer is yes.  Congress can and should take up and pass the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, without delay.” 

An outline of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 can be found here, and text of legislation can be found online.  A list of supporters of the legislation can also be found online.

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