House Passes Bill to End Bulk Collection of Telephone Metadata

May 22, 2014
House Passes Bill to End Bulk Collection of Telephone Metadata

For Immediate Release                            Contact:  Susan Phalen (Rogers)
May 22, 2014                                                          Susan.Phalen@mail.house.gov
                                                                                Allison Getty (Ruppersberger)
                                                                                Allison.Getty@mail.house.gov

House Passes Bill to End Bulk Collection of Telephone Metadata
USA Freedom Act Overwhelmingly Passes House by Bipartisan Vote of 303 -121

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The House of Representatives today passed the USA Freedom Act, H.R. 3361, by a decisive vote of 303 to 121. This legislation ends the government’s bulk collection of metadata under FISA, while still preserving important intelligence tools needed to keep our country safe.

Under this bill, the government’s metadata program is narrowed to allow the government to search only for specific connections to suspected terrorists.  The bill requires pre and post judicial review of those searches, and the government would have to demonstrate that there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion that all call metadata is linked to terrorism. The USA FREEDOM Act includes the necessary oversight from all three branches of government.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger praised the passage of the bill:

“The overwhelming, bipartisan vote by the House indicates the strong level of support for both preserving this intelligence capability, while enhancing transparency and protections for civil liberties.  Security and privacy are not mutually exclusive goals. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to advance this important legislation.”

The USA Freedom Act now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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