U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted for the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 67 to 32.
The legislation will end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection program that has allowed the government to collect billions of Americans’ private records while suspecting them of no wrongdoing.
Heinrich, a cosponsor of the USA Freedom Act has been a leading advocate for ending what the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously concluded is an illegal program.
“The USA Freedom Act will finally end the government’s dragnet collection of law-abiding Americans’ personal information. The legislation is a product of bipartisan compromise that helps restore the balance between keeping our nation safe with protecting the Constitutional liberties we all cherish. The intelligence community will now have an updated legal framework that ensures they have the tools they need to focus more narrowly on the records of actual terrorists, while also protecting the privacy rights of Americans.”