RECENT VOTES

Foreign Intelligence Suveillance Act Amendments

On Friday, June 20, 2008, the House voted on a new bill that represents a "compromise" between congressional negotiators and the White House. I believe that today was a sad day in American history.

Supporters argue that this bill succeeds in balancing protection for civil liberties with measures needed for our security, but I could not disagree more strongly. I believe that adherence to the Constitution and its Fourth amendment is the only way to ensure our freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and the other freedoms safeguarded by the Bill of Rights. This legislation utterly fails to meet that test. On the issue of retroactive immunity for telecom providers, the bill compels the dismissal of cases as long as companies were told by the government that the surveillance was legal, making the court review virtually meaningless.

I have opposed all attempts by this President to limit our civil liberties or to circumvent our judicial system. Because of these strong beliefs, I was one of only 66 Members who voted against the original so-called PATRIOT Act. I have always regarded the preservation of our cherished liberties as one of my most solemn obligations. I am deeply saddened at today's vote.

I voted NO and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

105

128

0

3

REPUBLICAN

188

1

0

10

TOTAL

293

129

0

13

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

10

0

0