[Libs-Or] INFORMATION: Amash Amendment Fails 205-217

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 25 11:31:51 PDT 2013


Amash Amendment Fails 205-217
Posted on July 25, 2013 by Lynne Bradley

In a House vote late yesterday, July 24th, 217 representatives went on
record supporting the massive and once-secret National Security Agency
(NSA) surveillance program recently made public by NSA contractor Edward
Snowden.  The final vote was 205 FOR the Amash amendment and 217
AGAINST. 111 Democrats united with 94 Republicans to defund the NSA's
blanket surveillance of Americans not suspected of any threat to national

The amendment is one of the closest votes in the last decade addressing a
needed reform of any kind in the nation's surveillance laws and practices.
If the Amash amendment had passed (read Amash amendment gains
it would not have allowed appropriations for some of the NSA secret mass
surveillance programs as part of the Defense Appropriations bill.

ALA and many other groups had put on targeted grassroots alerts to all
members of the House of Representatives.   Both the White House and the NSA
community had strongly opposed Amash.  Though not successful, clearly the
grassroots efforts made a dent--like a shot over the bough.

ALA would like to thank all those who voted in favor of this amendment and
hope to garner even more support as we continue to work on these issues!


*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
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