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Key Vote

    Key Vote YES on the Fourth Amendment

    07/23/2013

    Dear FreedomWorks member, 

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to vote YES on the Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-MI) amendment to H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The amendment would withhold funding to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance activities being conducted without a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It is important to ensure that taxpayer funds are not unconstitutionally being used to spy on American citizens who aren’t currently under investigation.

    The NSA’s warrantless monitoring and data gathering has been going on for too long. This is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment that guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Innocent Americans should not be treated like criminals when they have not done anything suspicious. The Amash amendment would uphold the Constitution and protect these innocent American’s right to privacy by defunding the NSA’s warrantless spying.

    The amendment simply reaffirms that American citizens have the right to due process and the presumption of innocence before proven guilty in a court of law. It is both good policy and good politics. The NSA should not infringe on the privacy and liberty of American citizens. Many polls show that the NSA spying program is vastly unpopular with American citizens. Congress should support this necessary amendment to stop the trampling of constitutional rights. 

    I urge you to call your representative and ask him or her to vote YES on the Amash amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. Our scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks              
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