Babin Supports Legislation to Protect Civil Liberties and Strengthen National Security
Washington, May 15, 2015
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) voted this week for House-passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048), which ends the National Security Agency (NSA)’s unconstitutional bulk collection of data from U.S. citizens, while preserving the ability to lawfully obtain critical information from suspected terrorists.
The USA FREEDOM Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 338 to 88. Nearly identical legislation (S. 1123) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“As recently seen in Garland, Texas, we face a dangerous and desperate enemy bent on killing Americans and destroying our way of life,” said Rep. Babin. “The USA FREEDOM Act ends the NSA’s unlawful data collection program and brings much-needed transparency and accountability to government agencies. This measure will ensure the protection of our personal civil liberties, while providing our intelligence officials with the necessary tools they need to monitor the threats posed by those who are seeking to cause us harm. I am hopeful that Senators Lee and Cruz can continue this effort in the Senate to ensure both the protection of our citizens and their Constitutional rights.”