Inhofe, Franken, Leahy

USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048)

Senator Inhofe: (2:15 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "You got to stop and think, it's a dangerous thing to stand on the floor and say we've formed this thing in this dangerous world and they haven't stopped any attacks on America and that's what we're faced with today. I voted against the program that the House passed that is going to be considered in just a few minutes, and I felt that it is better to leave it as we had it. Now that's gone and I look at it this way, I do support the amendments that are coming up, I do think the last opportunity we'll have will be the program that we'll be voting on in just a few minutes. So let's think about this, take a deep breath, go ahead and pass something so we'll have at least some capability to stop these attacks and to gather information from those who would perpetrate these attacks."

 

Senator Franken: (2:22 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "I rise today to urge prompt passage of the House-passed U.S.A. FREEDOM Act of 2015 and urge opposition to the amendments offered by the majority leader. Those amendments are unnecessary, they would weaken the bill in unacceptable ways, and they would only serve to prolong and deepen the uncertainty around the reform and continuation of important national security authorities. The House-passed U.S.A. FREEDOM Act is measured, compromise legislation that is the result of lengthy negotiations, it brings much-needed reforms to some of our surveillance authorities, ensuring that we safeguard Americans' rights while increasing the government's accountability. I'm proud to have worked with Senator Dean Heller of Nevada to craft the bill's transparency provisions which draw support from privacy advocates, the business community, and national security experts."

 

Senator Leahy: (2:31 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Security Agency.
    • "This is a bill that brings much-needed reform to the government surveillance authorities. But it also ensures the intelligence community has the tools to keep us safe. The U.S.A. FREEDOM Act is milestone legislation that will enact the most significant reforms to government surveillance powers since the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act. I'm proud of the bipartisan and bicameral effort that led to this bill. Today we can pass important surveillance reform legislation and then work to build on these reforms in coming years. So I'd urge senators to oppose all amendments. Then vote to pass the U.S.A. FREEDOM Act, just as the House passed it. We don't need to inject anymore uncertainty and delay in the process. None of these amendments are worth causing further delay. Pass it."