Washington, D.C. — Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement on the proposed FISA reauthorization:
“For months, we worked hard to secure vital reforms needed to overhaul the expansive surveillance powers authorized in Section 215 and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Unfortunately, the final bill falls short of the reforms we requested last fall and are insufficient to protect the civil rights and liberties of the American public. It’s disappointing that Congress will not take this rare bipartisan opportunity to end sweeping, unconstitutional surveillance programs. Given the lack of these critical reforms, we will be voting no on the final legislation this week.
“Though this final legislation is an improvement over a clean reauthorization, it doesn’t go far enough. Congress can and must do more to protect civil liberties, and we will continue our fight to curb FISA abuses.”