Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the USA Freedom Act. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and while it does slightly curtail the NSA's ability to spy on law Americans, it also extends the Patriot Act until 2017. Currently, the Patriot Act is scheduled to expire in June 2015.
Campaign for Liberty, along with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), are opposed to the USA Freedom Act because of this extension of the Patriot Act. A senior Paul aide told CNN last night that, "Due to significant problems with the bill, at this point will oppose the Leahy bill."
Campaign for Liberty is strongly opposed to extending the Patriot Act until 2017 in exchange for tinkering around the edges of civil liberties reform. C4L members who oppose the Patriot Act should contact their Senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to oppose the USA Freedom Act.
Back in September, Campaign for Liberty joined with other civil liberties advocates, organizations and whistleblowers to urge members of Congress to oppose the NSA "reform" bill known as the USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685).
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