Leahy statement on House Judiciary Committee bipartisan agreement to end bulk collection

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy
May 5, 2014

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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On the House Judiciary Committee Bipartisan Agreement to End Bulk Collection
May 5, 2014

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) announced a bipartisan agreement on legislation to end bulk collection. Leahy is the lead Democratic coauthor of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, a bill he introduced jointly with Sensenbrenner in October. The new agreement unveiled in the House today is based on the bipartisan legislation that Leahy and Sensenbrenner have championed since last year.]

“I congratulate Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and Congressman Sensenbrenner on moving forward in the House Judiciary Committee with an agreement on the USA FREEDOM Act. When Congressman Sensenbrenner and I introduced this bill last fall, we sought to end the dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records and also ensure that other surveillance authorities cannot be used in a similar way. The agreement announced today does just that. I will closely review this serious proposal, and I hope eventually it will retain some important reforms related to national security letters, a strong special advocate at the FISA court, and greater transparency. The President has agreed that the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records must end, and now Congress must act.”

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