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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Stands Up for Fourth Amendment Rights, Votes for Bipartisan Reforms to National Security Agency’s Surveillance Program

January 11, 2018
Press Release
Shea-Porter opposed extending FISA Section 702 Amendments without improvements to protect Americans’ privacy rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after voting for the USA Rights Amendment, new 4th Amendment protections for the NSA’s FISA Section 702 surveillance program, and against extending the program without necessary improvements:

“The Fourth Amendment is clear: If the government wants to search an American’s communication records, it needs to get a warrant. Granite Staters are rightly concerned about the potential for Constitutional abuses in the NSA’s surveillance programs. The USA Rights Amendment, endorsed by both the ACLU and the conservative group FreedomWorks, would have required a warrant for searching Americans’ domestic communications, strengthened oversight of surveillance programs, and increased transparency while maintaining the government’s ability to collect and search surveillance data with narrow, common-sense exemptions. I strongly oppose continuing the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ domestic communications without these necessary privacy protections.”

 

BACKGROUND

Shea-Porter has been a fierce advocate for Americans’ privacy rights.

  • Shea-Porter voted ‘no’ on the USA Freedom Act of 2014, which continued the NSA’s surveillance programs without meaningful reform. That bill was initially praised by privacy advocates and cosponsored by Shea-Porter, but it was significantly weakened before coming to the floor for a vote.
  • In 2013, Shea-Porter voted for the Amash Amendment to the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which would have ended the NSA’s bulk data collection program.