Cruz, Lee

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator Cruz: (11:27 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "Number one, members of this body have received confidential classified briefings from the national security officers of this administration. We are not at liberty to convey the specific details of those briefings. But the members of this body have been told, number one, that the U.S.A. Freedom Act would provide effective tools so that we could prevent acts of terrorism. And indeed they have gone further to say that it is entirely possible that under the U.S.A. Freedom Act, the national security team would have more effective tools to stop actual terrorists than they do today under the bulk metadata collection of law-abiding citizens. That's worth underscoring. The national security professionals advising this body have said the U.S.A. Freedom Act could well be more effective in providing the tools to stop terrorists than the current status quo."


Senator Paul: (11:42 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "There is a hunger, there is a hunger in America for somebody to stand up, for all of us to stand up, for somebody to do the right thing, to say that the Bill of Rights needs to be defended, that the Bill of Rights is important. When I think of the Bill of Rights, I think it isn't so much for the popular person. It isn't so much for the high school quarterback or the prom queen. The bill of rights is for the least among us. And the bill of rights is to try to prevent any kind of systemic bias from entering into the law or the way we treat people. People say, well, we collect all this data but we're not abusing anyone. We're doing it perfectly in order. But I agree with Senator Lee that just the collection of the data is infringement itself. The whole idea that we could put one name on a warrant and collect 100 million records goes against everything we believe in."