Last October, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the USA FREEDOM Act. On May 7, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed an amended USA FREEDOM Act. The following day, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved that legislation by voice vote. On May 22, the House of Representatives passed a further amended USA FREEDOM Act by a vote of 303-121. Chairman Leahy introduced today a USA FREEDOM Act that reclaims lost provisions from the original bill and strengthens privacy protections.
Congressman Sensenbrenner: “In May, after months of negotiations, the House passed an amended USA FREEDOM Act with broad bipartisan support. The primary challenge was to draft legislation that protects Americans’ civil liberties without undermining core functions of law enforcement and intelligence collection. Today, Chairman Leahy introduced a compromise that strengthens the privacy protections of the House bill while retaining support from the Administration and intel community. By reclaiming important provisions stripped from our original bill, tech giants and privacy advocates have reestablished their support. I hope the Senate works expeditiously to pass the USA FREEDOM Act and eagerly await the President signing it into law.”