Last week a federal appeals court declared that the NSA’s bulk data collection on American citizens over the past 14 years was illegal. So why is Congress considering a bill that would legalize a program already deemed illegal? Unfortunately, that is what the USA FREEDOM Act does, and I believe codifies a program that violates the Constitution.
Mr. Geoffrey L. Wikel:
I would like to support this bill. I believe in energy independence, as do the people I represent at home, and accordingly am supportive of opening up these offshore areas– but I do not think this should occur without the concurrence and input of coastal states that might be affected were something to go wrong.
There was a lot of action on the House floor yesterday, and I wanted to note one “first” on my end. Today was the first time since returning to Congress I voted against a bill I co-sponsored – the USA Freedom Act. In fact, so did 78 out of the 151 other co-sponsors, which is something you don’t see all that often.
Believe it or not, today marks one year since we took office, and I thought now might be a good time to stop and review the past twelve months. In that vein, below are a few of the highlights and some links in case you wanted to read more about any of these specific topics.