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14-H2048 on Apr 28, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: restricting domestic monitoring of phone calls
Source: H.R.2048&S.2685
The Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2014 or the USA FREEDOM Act: Congressional Summary:
  • Requires the FBI, when seeking phone call records, to show both relevance and a reasonable suspicion that the specific selection term is associated with a foreign power engaged in international terrorism.
  • Requires a judge approving the release, on a daily basis, of call detail records; and to limit production of records to a period of 180 days.
  • Requires a declassification review of each decision issued by the FISA court; and make such decisions publicly available, subject to permissible redactions.

    Opposing argument: (ACLU, "Surveillance Reform After the USA Freedom Act", June 3, 2015): The USA Freedom Act that passed by a 67-32 margin is not as strong as we wanted. It is markedly weaker than the original version of the USA Freedom Act that the ACLU first supported in 2013. We supported a sunset of the provisions in an effort to advance more comprehensive reform, including rejecting surveillance through cybersecurity information-sharing legislation. Notwithstanding this, however, it is very clear that the USA Freedom Act is a historic step forward.

    Opposing argument: (Cato Institute , "Cato scholars differ on USA Freedom Act", Oct., 2015): The privacy community remained divided over the USA Freedom Act. The final version of the bill reauthorized several expiring Patriot Act provisions, but limited bulk collection. Some legislators argued that to pass new legislation would only provide the government convenient new legal justification for its spying--which it would interpret broadly. On the opposite side of the argument stood some pro-privacy groups who held that modest reforms were better than no reforms at all. Also see Senate version S.1123


      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 24. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Homeland Security
    • Headline: Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls (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-H2048

    Karen Bass s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Ami Bera s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Suzanne Bonamici s1sOregon DemocratNov 15, 2013
    Julia Brownley s1sCalifornia DemocratNov 20, 2013
    Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Dec 19, 2013
    Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)Oct 29, 2013
    Andre Carson s1sIndiana DemocratNov 21, 2013
    Judy Chu s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    David Cicilline s1sRhode Island DemocratDec 11, 2013
    Katherine Clark s1sMassachusetts DemocratFeb 25, 2014
    Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratMay 6, 2014
    John Conyers s1sMichigan DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Joe Courtney s1sConnecticut DemocratDec 16, 2013
    Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland DemocratNov 15, 2013
    Peter Defazio s1sOregon DemocratDec 3, 2013
    Diana DeGette s1sColorado DemocratMay 7, 2014
    Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut DemocratDec 19, 2013
    Suzan DelBene s1sWashington DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Sam Farr s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Tulsi Gabbard s1sHawaii DemocratOct 29, 2013
    John Garamendi s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Alan Grayson s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateOct 29, 2013
    Gene Green s1sTexas DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratDec 11, 2013
    Colleen Hanabusa s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2014)Oct 30, 2013
    Steven Horsford s1sNevada DemocratOct 30, 2013
    Jared Huffman s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Hakeem Jeffries s1sNew York DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Hank Johnson s1sGeorgia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Rick Larsen s1sWashington DemocratNov 13, 2013
    Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    John Lewis s1sGeorgia DemocratOct 30, 2013
    Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Alan Lowenthal s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Ben Ray Lujan s1sNew Mexico DemocratFeb 10, 2014
    Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalFeb 26, 2014
    Doris Matsui s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 7, 2014
    Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota DemocratOct 30, 2013
    Jim McDermott s1sWashington DemocratDec 11, 2013
    Michael Michaud s1sMaine Democratic Governor ChallengerOct 29, 2013
    Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin DemocratOct 29, 2013
    James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Oct 29, 2013
    Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesOct 29, 2013
    Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia DemocratMar 12, 2014
    Richard Neal s1sMassachusetts DemocratMar 5, 2014
    Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic ChallengerMay 7, 2014
    Chellie Pingree s1sMaine DemocratNov 13, 2013
    Mark Pocan s1sWisconsin DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Jared Polis s1sColorado DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Mike Quigley s1sIllinois DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Cedric Richmond s1sLouisiana DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Kurt Schrader s1sOregon DemocratJan 10, 2014
    Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalMay 7, 2014
    Carol Shea-Porter s1sNew Hampshire DemocratDec 3, 2013
    Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 28, 2014
    Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia DemocratOct 29, 2013
    Eric Swalwell s1sCalifornia DemocratFeb 5, 2014
    Bennie Thompson s1sMississippi DemocratOct 29, 2013
    John Tierney s1sMassachusetts DemocratNov 13, 2013
    Paul Tonko s1sNew York DemocratFeb 27, 2014
    Niki Tsongas s1sMassachusetts DemocratMar 4, 2014
    Filemon Vela s1sTexas DemocratDec 3, 2013
    Peter Welch s1sVermont DemocratOct 29, 2013



    Republicans participating in 14-H2048

    Justin Amash s1sMichigan RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Mark Amodei s1sNevada RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Kerry Bentivolio s1sMichigan RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Jim Bridenstine s1sOklahoma RepublicanJan 10, 2014
    Paul Broun s1sGA Republican ChallengerJan 7, 2014
    Vern Buchanan s1sFlorida RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Michael Burgess s1sTexas RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    John Campbell s1sCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014)Feb 11, 2014
    Mike Coffman s1sColorado RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Steve Daines s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Oct 29, 2013
    Sean Duffy s1sWisconsin RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Jeff Duncan s1sSouth Carolina RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Blake Farenthold s1sTexas RepublicanOct 30, 2013
    John Fleming s1sLA Republican Senate candidateDec 3, 2013
    Cory Gardner s1sCO Republican Senate challengerMar 4, 2014
    Scott Garrett s1sNew Jersey RepublicanJan 28, 2014
    Louie Gohmert s1sTexas RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Bob Goodlatte s1sVirginia RepublicanMay 9, 2014
    Paul Gosar s1sArizona RepublicanMay 7, 2014
    Trey Gowdy s1sSouth Carolina RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Tom Graves s1sGeorgia RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Brett Guthrie s1sKentucky RepublicanFeb 11, 2014
    Tim Huelskamp s1sKansas RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Duncan Hunter s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008)Oct 29, 2013
    Jim Jordan s1sOhio RepublicanDec 16, 2013
    Jack Kingston s1sGA Republican ChallengerNov 21, 2013
    Raul Labrador s1sIdaho RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Doug LaMalfa s1sCalifornia RepublicanNov 20, 2013
    Leonard Lance s1sNew Jersey RepublicanMay 7, 2014
    Billy Long s1sMissouri RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Blaine Luetkemeyer s1sMissouri RepublicanNov 21, 2013
    Kenny Marchant s1sTexas RepublicanMar 4, 2014
    Thomas Massie s1sKentucky RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)Oct 30, 2013
    Luke Messer s1sIndiana RepublicanDec 16, 2013
    John Mica s1sFlorida RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Markwayne Mullin s1sOklahoma RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Kristi Noem s1sSD RepublicanNov 21, 2013
    Scott Perry s1sPennsylvania RepublicanNov 13, 2013
    Ted Poe s1sTexas RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Reid Ribble s1sWisconsin RepublicanNov 13, 2013
    Dana Rohrabacher s1sCalifornia RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Todd Rokita s1sIndiana RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Matt Salmon s1sArizona RepublicanDec 3, 2013
    Mark Sanford s1sSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Oct 29, 2013
    David Schweikert s1sArizona RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Austin Scott s1sGeorgia RepublicanJan 10, 2014
    James Sensenbrenner s2pWisconsin RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Christopher Smith s1sNew Jersey RepublicanOct 30, 2013
    Jason Smith s1sMissouri RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Chris Stewart s1sUtah RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Steve Stockman s1sTexas Republican (Senate run 2014)Dec 11, 2013
    Lee Terry s1sNebraska RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Glenn Thompson s1sPennsylvania RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Joe Wilson s1sSouth Carolina RepublicanApr 10, 2014
    Kevin Yoder s1sKansas RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Ted Yoho s1sFlorida RepublicanOct 29, 2013
    Don Young s1sAlaska RepublicanOct 29, 2013



    Independents participating in 14-H2048

    Tim Griffin s1sAR GOP Lt.Gov ChallengerOct 29, 2013
    Darrell Issa s1sCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003)Oct 29, 2013
    Mick Mulvaney s1sSC Budget DirectorOct 29, 2013



    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 69
    Republicans: 58
    Independents: 3


















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