Lofgren, Davidson Send Letter to Judiciary Committee Chair Nadler Urging a Markup of their Bipartisan FISA Reform Bill

February 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the postponement of the markup for H.R. ___, the “USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020,” in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 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 Chairman Jerrold Nadler urging him to schedule a markup of their bipartisan bill.

The letter sent by Lofgren and Davidson follows, and it can be downloaded here.

February 27, 2020

Chairman Jerrold Nadler
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Nadler:

With the announcement that the markup has been postponed for H.R. XX, the “USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020,” we would like to request that the Committee markup our bipartisan bill, H.R. 5675, the “Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020.”

This comprehensive bipartisan, bicameral legislation 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. The bill pulls the intelligence programs in the direction of compliance with our Constitution.

We look forward to working together in a collegial manner to help protect Americans’ privacy rights while providing the Intelligence Community tools to protect U.S. national security interests.

Sincerely,

Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

Warren Davidson
Member of Congress

cc: Doug Collins, Ranking Member

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