RECENT VOTES

S. 1927: Protect America Act

August 1, 2007

On Saturday the House passed S. 1927: Protect America Act. This legislation amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), expanding and clarifying the federal government's ability to conduct electronic surveillance without a court warrant. It clarifies that a court order is not needed if communication occurs between two individuals on foreign soil, even if their interaction passes through communication routing stations in the U.S. The bill also allows surveillance to begin while the FISA Court is still reviewing a warrant request.

I am deeply disappointed that the House considered this legislation, which I believe diminishes our cherished civil liberties. It is set to expire in six months and I hope that when Congress revisits this issue, we are able to update FISA in a manner that protects and respects our civil liberties. I voted NO. S. 1927 passed the House and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
DEMOCRAT

41

181

0

9

REPUBLICAN

186

2

0

14

TOTAL

227

183

0

23

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

8

0

1

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