Rep. Blumenauer Votes Against USA Freedom Act

May 13, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC– Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today released the following statement after voting against the USA Freedom Act.

“I voted against the PATRIOT Act when it first came to the floor in 2001 and have voted against every reauthorization since. Today was no exception. I refuse to compromise protecting the privacy of the American public. The changes made by the USA Freedom Act are meaningful but fall far short of the full and complete reform this country deserves. We should not settle for a modest repackaging of an egregious provision that has led to bulk data collection and a violation of millions of Americans’ privacy. We can and must keep our country safe without compromising our liberties. Today’s bill is a significant improvement but still far from earning my support.”   

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