Rep. Zoe Lofgren on Concerns with the USA FREEDOM Act after Revisions Changing the Bill are Struck in Secret
May 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee representing part of Silicon Valley, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about serious concerns with the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act following a deal struck late last night replacing the original legislation introduced and later approved by the House Judiciary Committee:
"Mister Speaker, I rise to express my serious concern about the USA FREEDOM Act.
"First, it's important for all of the Members to know that what is being considered is not the bill that was marked up by the House Judiciary Committee. After it was reported out unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee, certain key elements of this bill were changed.
"I think it's ironic that a bill that was intended to increase transparency was secretly changed between the Committee markup and floor consideration, and it was altered in worrisome ways.
"The definition of selector, rather than being narrowed, has been defined in such a way that it would allow for large-scale acquisition of data. This is a concern that has been expressed to me—by both Republicans and Democrats—that the way the definition is lodged you could get first the southern-half of the United States, and then the eastern-half of the United States, then Missouri. Those could be the selectors.
"I offered nine amendments, none were put in order. We should insist that we do better than this, Mister Speaker."
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