Campaign for Liberty has joined 29 other groups in sending a coalition letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging the House to keep the Massie-Lofgren amendment in any final Omnibus spending bill it passes.
You can find your representative's contact information here. Call Congress today and urge your representative to support keeping the popular, bipartisan Massie-Lofgren amendment in the final Omnibus bill.
The text of the letter is available below:
December 4, 2014
Dear Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi:
Last night, the undersigned groups learned of a decision by the House leadership to remove a critical surveillance reform amendment from the House-passed Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Department appropriations. The amendment would curtail some of the most egregious surveillance abuses by the National Security Agency (NSA).
That amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tom Massie and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, passed overwhelmingly with 293 votes on June 19. It remains the only NSA reform measure to pass either chamber since the revelations of NSA’s surveillance abuses became public in June 2013. Failing to include this amendment in the forthcoming FY15 omnibus will send a clear message to Americans that Congress does not care if the NSA searches their stored communications or if the government pressures American technology companies to build vulnerabilities into their products that assist in NSA surveillance.
These actions come at a tremendous cost to American privacy and American jobs. We urge you to put the rights and the economic security of Americans first and retain this amendment in any final omnibus spending bill sent to the Senate.
Fight for the Future
Restore the Fourth
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Democracy for America
PEN American Center
The Constitution Project
Free Press Action Fund
Campaign for Liberty
R Street Institute
Center for Constitutional Rights
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Win Without War
Defending Dissent Foundation
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Appeal for Justice
Government Accountability Project
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