Sensenbrenner Meets in Oval Office to Discuss National Security and Civil Liberties
President Obama invited the principal author of the Patriot Act, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-Il), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Intel Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) to a meeting in the Oval Office today to discuss National Security.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “It is becoming increasingly apparent the balance between security and liberty has been tainted. Amidst public outcry, the President invited members from both sides of the debate to discuss this important issue. The conversation was productive and everyone agreed something must be done.
“Washington must ensure our homeland is protected, as is our right to privacy. Therefore, following the August recess, I intend to introduce legislation to ensure Section 215 of the Patriot Act is properly interpreted and implemented. The bill will ensure the dragnet collection of data by the NSA is reined in, safeguards are established to significantly increase the transparency of the FISA Court and protections are put in place for businesses who work with the government.
“As a result of the meeting at the White House, I was unable to cast my vote on H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act. If I were present, I would have voted in support of ensuring greater transparency and oversight of the EPA, and am extremely pleased it passed the House.”