Rep. Tipton explains vote on NSA bill
A measure that would have pulled funding from the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program “would have added an additional safeguard to protect Americans’ civil liberties,” U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.
Tipton voted in favor of the provision offered by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., which failed 205 to 217.
“While there are existing measures in place to protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights, given the unsettling actions of several federal agencies including the IRS, NSA and FBI, I believe that the Amash amendment would have further strengthened those measures to help better ensure that future abuses to our Constitutional rights do not occur,” Tipton said in a statement.
“While it is vital for our national security that intelligence agencies are able to collect information on suspected criminals, terrorists and others looking to harm our country, it is equally important that these agencies do not violate the Constitutional rights of American citizens by targeting innocent individuals who are not even suspected of any criminal activity,” the statement continued.
The measure would have limited the monitoring of electronic communications under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
All members of the Colorado delegation voted in support of the provision limiting the metadata collection.