The US Senate passed HR 2048 – USA Freedom Act yesterday afternoon, and President Obama signed it into law late last night. Around With 67 votes for, and 32 against, both Georgia Senators released statements on their opposition to HR 2048 yesterday.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement regarding H.R.2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, which he voted against in the Senate today:
The threats to our security here at home and throughout the world are growing at an alarming rate. At a time when the current administration’s foreign policy has left a void in leadership around the world, we cannot afford to create intelligence gaps that could limit our capabilities to fight terrorism. I could not support a bill that, in its current form, downgrades our ability to track the movements and contacts of known terrorists and fails to provide our intelligence agencies with the tools and the time they need to stand up a new counterterrorism program.”
U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today made the following statement on the current national security debate:
Our global security crisis is growing every day – ISIS continues to march across the Middle East, and the threat of terrorism at home remains very real. It’s important that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have the critical tools they need to protect Americans from terrorism and prevent potential attacks on our soil.
Once again, Washington dysfunction prevented us from achieving the best possible policy outcome. While I worked hard to strengthen this bill, I had concerns throughout the process, and remain unsatisfied with the final product. Today’s bill does not achieve the appropriate balance between protecting our privacy and our national security.”
Amendments proposed by Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Ron Wyden failed.
This legislation is in effect until December 15, 2019.