House Democrats Ignore Bipartisan Bill, Recess Without Renewing Expired Terrorist Surveillance Program

“The House Democratic leadership’s refusal to schedule a vote on a broadly bipartisan terrorist surveillance bill before recessing is not simply a disappointing political decision; it endangers our national security.” – Lamar Alexander

Posted on March 14, 2008

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today released the following statement following the House Democratic leadership’s decision to recess for two weeks without voting on a Senate-approved extension of expired terrorist surveillance legislation. “The House Democratic leadership’s refusal to schedule a vote on a broadly bipartisan terrorist surveillance bill before recessing is not simply a disappointing political decision; it endangers our national security. This negligence means fewer surveillance operations, fewer companies and individuals willing to cooperate with our government’s intelligence operations, and less security for the American people. It’s time for an up-or-down vote on the Senate legislation, which I believe would be approved in the House just as it was in the Senate – with a bipartisan majority.” Instead of permitting a vote on terrorist surveillance legislation passed in the Senate on February 12 by a vote of 68 to 29, the House Democratic leadership today held a vote on partisan legislation that is opposed by the administration and many in Congress and does not have the support necessary to become law. ###