Alexander Statement on PATRIOT Act Vote

Posted on June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote on the USA Freedom Act: 

"The bulk-data collection provisions of this legislation are weak and inadequate, but other provisions of the bill continue important PATRIOT Act tools that protect Americans, especially during this time of increased threats from terrorists.”

Alexander voted for several amendments – which the Senate rejected – that would have improved the House-passed USA FREEDOM Act. The amendments would have:

  • Extended the transition period for a new telecommunications carrier-held data system – which would replace the previous bulk-data collection system – from six months to one year.
  • Required telecommunications carriers to notify the federal government if they plan to store phone data records for fewer than 18 months.
  • Asked the Director of National Intelligence to review the new telecommunications carrier-held data system and certify that it will operate effectively before it is enacted.
  • Required one or more individuals to be appointed as “amicus curiae” whenever the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court is considering a request by the federal government so that they may provide expertise on privacy and civil liberties issues.

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