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FreedomWorks' Member of the Month for September 2020: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

FreedomWorks is proud to honor Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as our member of the month for September 2020. Senator Paul’s voting record has been 98 percent in alignment with FreedomWorks’ Congressional Scorecard over the ten years he has served as Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator. During that time, he has consistently been a source and fearless champion of some of the best, limited-government legislation across a wide spectrum of issues.

09/02/2020
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EARN IT Remains a Thinly Veiled Assault on Encryption

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to mark up a bill that is a classic piece of Washington, D.C. misdirection. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, S. 3398, presents itself as a bill targeted at fighting the spread of child pornography (rebranded as “child sexual abuse material,” or “CSAM”), which obviously no decent person would oppose. However, the actual impact of the bill reaches far beyond this purpose, simultaneously threatening both tech platforms’ liability protections and their ability to deploy strong encryption for their users, endangering innocent Americans’ security in the process.

07/01/2020
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Key Vote YES on the Lofgren-Davidson Amendment to the USA FREEDOM Act Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote YES on the Lofgren/Davidson Amendment to H.R. 6172. Introduced, as the name suggests, by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), this amendment would bar the government from accessing the internet search and browser history data of US persons under the Section 215 business records authority without a probable cause warrant.

05/26/2020
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Hope on the Horizon for FISA Reform

On March 15, the authority for Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act formally expired. This is one of the provisions that spawned the Edward Snowden leaks back in 2013 and drew the American people’s attention to the scope of abuses perpetrated by the intelligence community. Though some reforms have been made, many in Congress still stand by the program despite the revelations.

05/21/2020
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Key Vote on Senate Amendments to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your Senators and ask them to vote YES on civil liberties reform amendments (Lee-Leahy/Paul/Daines-Wyden) to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172, and to vote NO on amendments that would substantially weaken these reforms (McConnell). The underlying bill, H.R. 6172, would reauthorize portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that have been expired since March 15th of this year.

05/11/2020
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Contact Tracing: Strict Guidelines Are Needed to Prevent a Civil Liberties Nightmare

As both the federal and states’ governments wrestle with what policies to use in addressing the coronavirus outbreak moving into the summer and beyond, one potential solution that has been touted as a key component of getting life here back to something like normal is “contact tracing.” In particular, governments and tech companies alike have become interested in digital solutions to track the spread of the virus in order to better contain it. However, depending upon how it is done, there are a number of concerns with how contact tracing - whether done in person or digitally - interacts with our basic rights to due process and civil liberties.

05/08/2020
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Public Health and Economic Health Need Not Be Mutually Exclusive

If DC traffic levels are any indication, it seems that a lot more people are taking the spread of the coronavirus seriously, which is undoubtedly good. In the media and online, though, the debate rages on whether the overall government response to the virus has been dangerously insufficient or unjustifiably draconian. The opposite poles of public opinion seem to range between demanding a complete, absolute national shelter-in-place shutdown for potentially months and a blasé, “virus? what virus?” approach that equally beggars the imagination.

03/27/2020
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The PATRIOT Act, Coronavirus, and the Politics of Fear

This week Congress has tackled two important issues that may not seem related at first: reauthorizing an expiring portion of the USA PATRIOT Act and legislating for those affected by COVID-19. But there is one common thread between them - each will have had their passage through the legislature amply lubricated by a potent dose of fear. Decisions made hastily under such pressure are often nigh impossible to reverse after the fact.

03/18/2020
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Key Vote NO on Cloture Motion for the Motion to Proceed to the USA FREEDOM Act Reauthorization Act, H.R. 6172

FreedomWorks sent the following correspondence to Senate offices this morning.

03/16/2020
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"We All Stand Vulnerable": Mike Lee Champions Real Reform to the Federal Government's FISA Spying Power

Three provisions of the Foreign International Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire on Sunday. The expiration of these provisions isn’t a surprise, but Congress has treated it as such because of its proclivity for governing by crisis. Another issue that has reverberated in the debate over the reauthorization of these provisions is the attempt by congressional leadership to shut out the voices of privacy hawks in Congress.

03/13/2020

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