House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) announced his support for ending bulk collection of Americans’ phone data. Following Congressman Ruppersberger’s announcement, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sent him a letter encouraging him to cosponsor the Leahy-Sensenbrenner USA FREEDOM Act, which would end bulk collection.

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: “Since last summer, calls to rein in the NSA have become deafening. In October, Senator Leahy and I introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to restore trust in the intelligence community and ensure Americans’ civil liberties are protected, while maintaining the necessary tools to protect our national security. Bulk collection has never been authorized by Congress and ongoing activities by the executive branch are a blatant misapplication of the law.

“Ranking member Ruppersberger has joined the PCLOB, President Obama’s handpicked review panel, the American people and the more than 160 cosponsors of the USA FREEDOM Act in condemning bulk collection of Americans’ phone data. I urge him to cosponsor the USA FREEDOM Act.  It strikes the proper balance between security and privacy, and I am confident it has the votes to pass.”