Congressman Ron Wright votes No on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reauthorization (H.R. 6172)
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Ron Wright (TX-06) voted NO on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reauthorization (H.R. 6172). He made the following statement:
“I just voted NO on the FISA Reauthorization (H.R. 6172).
As a Member of Congress, it is my job to ensure that every American’s Constitutional rights are protected. National security and personal liberty are not mutually exclusive. We should be able to provide the Intelligence Community with the tools they need to keep Americans safe while simultaneously preserving our freedoms.
Over the past few years, we have seen blatant abuse of FISA. There is no question that sizeable reforms are needed. This bill is yet another product of eleventh-hour, closed-door negotiations that preclude the possibility of more robust bipartisan discussions and reforms. While I acknowledge this legislation takes several steps in the right direction, it does not go far enough.
I could not in good conscience vote for the FISA Reauthorization knowing that it would leave our civil liberties up for grabs.”