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Victory for civil liberties in the U.S. House

 

Victory for civil liberties in the U.S. House

On Thursday night, defenders of the Constitution and civil liberties won a major victory, when the Massie-Lofgren amendment to curb the NSA’s abuse of authority overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House by a vote of 293-123, with 1 member voting “present,” and 14 not voting.

You can see how your representative voted below.

As previously stated on our blog, the Massie-Lofgren amendment reins in the NSA by denying funds for so-called “backdoor surveillance” and warrantless searches of Americans electronic communications under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

The battle turns to the Senate, where we must fight to make sure the “upper chamber” passes a Defense appropriations bill with the amendment language included.

Thursday’s victory proves just how effective grassroots pressure can be and how much ground we are gaining.  While many members would certainly have been outraged by the disclosures concerning the NSA’s activities and pushed for reform, the controversy has only resulted in concrete action because of liberty-minded Americans refusing to back down.  Your voice backs up the efforts of pro-change representatives on the inside and helps encourage more members to support the resulting legislation – until the tidal wave of pressure leads to massive wins like this one.

But total victory comes one step at a time, and next up is the Senate.  So after you check the vote results below, please contact your senators and urge them to support the pro-Fourth Amendment language passed by the House on Thursday night as part of the Defense appropriations bill.

Results via the U.S. House Clerk’s website.

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 327
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 4870      RECORDED VOTE      19-Jun-2014      10:47 PM
AUTHOR(S):  Massie of Kentucky Amendment
QUESTION:  On Agreeing to the Amendment

 

AYES NOES PRES NV
REPUBLICAN 135 94 3
DEMOCRATIC 158 29 1 11
INDEPENDENT
TOTALS 293 123 1 14

—- AYES    293 —

Amash
Amodei
Barton
Bass
Becerra
Bentivolio
Bera (CA)
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Bridenstine
Brooks (AL)
Broun (GA)
Brown (FL)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Burgess
Butterfield
Byrne
Campbell
Capito
Capps
Capuano
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Cartwright
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coffman
Cohen
Collins (GA)
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Courtney
Cramer
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
DelBene
DeSantis
DesJarlais
Deutch
Dingell
Doggett
Doyle
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Edwards
Ellison
Engel
Enyart
Eshoo
Esty
Farenthold
Farr
Fattah
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Gabbard
Garamendi
Garcia
Gardner
Garrett
Gibbs
Gibson
Gohmert
Gosar
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grijalva
Guthrie
Gutiérrez
Hahn
Hall
Hanabusa
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Hastings (FL)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Holt
Honda
Horsford
Hudson
Huelskamp
Huffman
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jeffries
Jenkins
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan
Kaptur
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
Kingston
Kuster
Labrador
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lee (CA)
Lewis
Loebsack
Lofgren
Lowenthal
Lowey
Luetkemeyer
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lummis
Lynch
Maffei
Maloney, Carolyn
Maloney, Sean
Marchant
Massie
Matsui
McAllister
McClintock
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McHenry
McIntyre
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meadows
Meeks
Meng
Mica
Michaud
Miller (MI)
Miller, George
Moore
Moran
Mullin
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Negrete McLeod
Neugebauer
Noem
Nolan
Nugent
O’Rourke
Olson
Owens
Palazzo
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perry
Peters (MI)
Petri
Pingree (ME)
Pocan
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Ribble
Rice (SC)
Roe (TN)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney
Ross
Rothfus
Roybal-Allard
Ruiz
Runyan
Ryan (WI)
Salmon
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanford
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schneider
Schock
Schrader
Schwartz
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Serrano
Sessions
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Speier
Stewart
Stockman
Stutzman
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Terry
Tierney
Tipton
Titus
Tonko
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Wagner
Walorski
Waters
Waxman
Weber (TX)
Welch
Wenstrup
Williams
Wilson (FL)
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Yoho

—- NOES    123 —

Aderholt
Bachmann
Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Beatty
Benishek
Bilirakis
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Brownley (CA)
Bustos
Calvert
Camp
Cantor
Carter
Coble
Cole
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Cooper
Costa
Cotton
Crawford
Crenshaw
Davis, Rodney
Delaney
Denham
Dent
Diaz-Balart
Duckworth
Ellmers
Forbes
Frankel (FL)
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Gerlach
Gingrey (GA)
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (MO)
Grimm
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Himes
Hinojosa
Holding
Hoyer
Israel
Johnson (OH)
Jolly
Joyce
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Langevin
Latham
Levin
LoBiondo
Long
Lucas
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McKeon
Meehan
Messer
Miller (FL)
Miller, Gary
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Nunes
Pearce
Peters (CA)
Peterson
Pittenger
Pitts
Pompeo
Reichert
Renacci
Rigell
Roby
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Royce
Ruppersberger
Schiff
Sewell (AL)
Simpson
Sinema
Smith (TX)
Stivers
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Visclosky
Walberg
Walden
Wasserman Schultz
Webster (FL)
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Young (AK)
Young (IN)

—- ANSWERED “PRESENT”    1 —

Lipinski

—- NOT VOTING    14 —

Fudge
Kirkpatrick
Lankford
Lujan Grisham (NM)
McCarthy (NY)
Mulvaney
Nunnelee
Polis
Rangel
Richmond
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Thompson (MS)
Walz

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