Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.): “Senator Burr’s proposal to plug the so-called “holes” in the USA FREEDOM Act is dead-on-arrival in the House.  His bill is not stronger on national security, it is just much weaker on civil liberties. This is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to kill the USA FREEDOM Act, which passed the House 338-88.  If the Senate coalesces around this approach, the result will be the expiration of important authorities needed to keep our country safe.”

  • USA FREEDOM’s six month transition period was proposed by the NSA.  Just this week, NSA Director Mike Rogers wrote that the time period was adequate.  There is absolutely no reason to extend a program recently ruled illegal by the Second Circuit for an additional two years.
  • The Amicus provisions in USA FREEDOM are entirely discretionary.  These provisions will not cause harmful operational delays.
  • The latest controversy proves the value of sunsets.  Now would be the worst time to make these provisions permanent.