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Congressional Progressive Caucus Opposes Reauthorization of Unconstitutional Mass Surveillance Legislation without Reforms; Supports Bipartisan USA RIGHTS Act Amendment

Washington, D.C.—  The Congressional Progressive Caucus issued an official position today on S. 139, the “FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.” The Caucus also endorsed the bipartisan Lofgren-Amash-Nadler amendment, which was later rejected by the House Rules Committee. 

Congressional Progressive Caucus Position on S. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Rep. Nunes – Intelligence/Judiciary)

"The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 139) would reauthorize unconstitutional government surveillance activities without making meaningful reforms to Section 702. Under this provision, the government can collect the communications of millions of Americans’ without a warrant, a practice that disproportionally affects activists, immigrants, religious minorities, and communities of color. We oppose passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 without the inclusion of reforms, such as those found in the Amash-Lofgren USA RIGHTS Amendment. These reforms are essential to reinstating the constitutionally protected civil liberties of all Americans.”

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, with over 70 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and promote civil liberties. The CPC champions progressive policy solutions like comprehensive immigration reform, a $15 national minimum wage, fair trade, gun violence reform, debt-free college, and making the federal government a Model Employer.

 

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