FreedomWorks Reacts to House Votes on Spy Powers

Washington, D.C. – Following this weekend’s House votes on the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act and the accompanying amendments, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks president, commented:

“There is no way to sugarcoat it. This weekend the House voted for the greatest expansion of surveillance on American citizens since the Patriot Act. The Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA) passed without amendments requiring a warrant to spy on us and without closure to the third-party data loophole. This means the government will continue to abuse backdoor searches and continue to purchase our data from third-party data brokers.”

“Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing about this bill that “reforms intelligence.” Quite the contrary. The “reforms” merely codify and expand the status quo of illegal spying and data collection on American citizens without due process. Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect is that liberty lost at this level is rarely, if ever, returned to the people. Think of life before and after 9/11. Look how much we’ve lost and how little we’ve been able to preserve. Edward Snowden told us what was happening to us behind closed doors, now our representatives are voting for it in broad daylight. It’s a tragedy.”

FreedomWorks will count the vote on the amendments to the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act, H.R. 7888, when calculating our Scorecard for 2024 and reserves the right to score and weigh any related votes. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.


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