U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Votes to Move Bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act Forward
Legislation to Rein In Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Blocked in the Senate
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin this week voted to move to debate on S. 2685, the USA FREEDOM Act, legislation that would place important limits on intelligence agencies and better protect Americans’ privacy rights. On Tuesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to block the legislation from advancing, by a vote of 58-42.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 ends the bulk collection of Americans’ private records, provides intelligence agencies authority to collect phone records in a targeted manner, and requires greater transparency regarding surveillance activities. The bipartisan legislation revised the version of the USA FREEDOM Act approved by the House of Representatives in May, by closing numerous loopholes that would allow continued abuses.
Senator Baldwin is a cosponsor of the original Senate version of the USA FREEDOM Act, S. 1599.