U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today stood up for Montanans’ civil liberties and voted against an amendment that gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) increased authority to examine electronic records through a secretive surveillance order without a warrant.
“It’s important that we protect the homeland without trampling all over our constitutional rights and blatantly disregarding our civil liberties,” Daines stated.
Daines voted against U.S. Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) amendment that was offered to the FY2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Daines has long worked to protect Americans’ civil liberties and Fourth Amendment rights. Daines is an original co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation that ended the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Daines was a vocal critic of the National Security Agency’s bulk meta-data collection and was a supporter of the original USA Freedom Act that ended the NSA’s abuses and overreach.