Lofgren & Davidson Encourage Senators to Support FISA Reform Amendments to Protect Americans’ Civil Liberties

May 13, 2020
Press Release
“Together, the Lee-Leahy & Wyden-Daines amendments would dramatically improve privacy protections”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and Warren Davidson (R-OH-8), the lead House sponsors of the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, H.R. 5675, sent a letter to Senate leaders in support of the amendments expected to be proposed by Senators Lee and Leahy and Senators Daines and Wyden on the Senate Floor to improve the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act.

“We write now to thank you for waiting and allowing votes on amendments that help protect Americans’ civil liberties. Together, the amendments proposed by Senators Lee and Leahy and Senators Wyden and Daines would dramatically improve privacy protections, and we encourage Senators to support Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights by passing these amendments.”

Click here to read the full letter.

Prior Actions

On March 16, 2020, Lofgren and Davidson sent a letter urging Senators to reject the unamended version of the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act.

On March, 10, 2020, Lofgren and Davidson announced their support for two bipartisan bills, S. 3420 and S. 3421, introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VA) that provide two paths forward for NSA surveillance reform.

On February 27, 2020, following the postponement of the markup for H.R. ___, the “USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020,” in the House Judiciary Committee the day before, Lofgren and Davidson sent a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler urging him to schedule a markup of their bipartisan bill, H.R. 5675.

On January 24, 2020, Lofgren, Davidson and a coalition of bipartisan Representatives joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) in introducing bicameral surveillance reform legislation that:

  • closes loopholes and strengthens oversight to prevent government overreach and abuse;
  • permanently ends the indiscriminate collection of massive amounts of domestic communications;
  • prohibits warrantless collection of geolocation and web browsing data by intelligence agencies; and
  • ensures the Intelligence Community is held to the standards established under the Fourth Amendment.