Constitution 1, Obama's Spy Agencies 0
Our civil liberties are constantly under attack. Recently the Associated Press reported that the FBI is flying surveillance aircraft over U.S. cities to capture data on Americans’ cell phones. It has also come to light that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has operated a secret mass surveillance program for decades, and that the FBI is trying to force tech companies like Google and Apple to create and hand over backdoor access to your cell phones. These blatant intrusions by the federal government in our lives have no place in our country.
I came to Congress to defend the Constitution, which is why I worked with other Representatives to introduce three amendments to H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016. The amendments prevent the Department of Justice from requiring U.S. companies to build backdoors into mobile devices, end secret bulk data collection by the DOJ, and shut off funding for the FBI’s unconstitutional airborne cell phone surveillance. It was great to see the House pass all three of my amendments.