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STOP S. 139 IN SENATE
Yesterday, the bipartisan group of House Representatives pushing for reforms to protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties fell short of votes to get an amendment passed to a bill (S. 139) that will reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act for another six years. The House passed the bill, legitimately making the situation worse by not containing enough reform. Now, the bill heads to the Senate.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN THE SENATE
The Senate will vote on the bill S. 139 on Tuesday, January 16. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore) have publicly said that they will filibuster the bill. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will seek to shut down debate and forcing a vote by invoking a technical rule called a cloture.
Call your Senator TODAY. What’s needed are 41 Senators to vote against the cloture motion (to allow for debate on the bill), and then a simple majority, or 51 Senators to reject S. 139. When this goal is achieved, then the Senators will have to compromise on the bill, creating an opening for the necessary reforms to be added to the bill.
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