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Senator Baldwin’s Statement on FISA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) released a statement following her ‘no’ vote on legislation to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Keeping our families safe should not come at the expense of American’s fundamental right to privacy. From the PATRIOT Act to the creation of the 702 program, I’ve consistently opposed measures that would give the government free reign to spy on innocent, law-abiding Americans. Today, I stood firm with colleagues from both parties who voted against continuing the warrantless surveillance of American citizens.

“I cosponsored bipartisan legislation that takes a better approach to reauthorize and reform important intelligence programs to ensure we have the tools we need to fight terrorism, while also protecting the constitutional rights guaranteed to every American. Protecting Americans against our adversaries and protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens are not mutually exclusive goals, and I remain committed to protecting both.”