The House Judiciary Committee today passed H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, which Crime Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced last October. A substitute amendment was offered by Congressman Sensenbrenner on behalf of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Randy Forbes (R-Va.), which was accepted by the Committee.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Today, the Judiciary Committee came together to address one of the most pressing issues facing our nation. The Committee voted unanimously to rein in the NSA, end bulk collection and ensure Americans’ civil liberties are protected, while keeping intact the necessary tools to protect our national security. I thank my colleagues, privacy groups, legal experts, tech companies, allied governments and the American people for their input, and urge the House and Senate to promptly pass the USA FREEDOM Act.”

View Opening Statement, Manager’s Amendment: here