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Congressman Biggs' Statement on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

January 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Biggs voted YES on Congressman Amash’s USA Rights Act amendment and NO on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. Congressman Biggs released the following statement:

“I was disappointed to see this amendment fail. This legislation would have repealed an unconstitutional search provision within Section 702 by requiring a warrant to access information in the database relating to U.S. persons. Sadly, today was a missed opportunity to defend Americans from both terrorists and privacy invasions.

“I voted against the underlying bill because it does not sufficiently protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment Rights. As we’ve seen with the previous administration, rogue bureaucrats will exploit loopholes in this system and can cause great harm to our constituents. Congress needs to be 100% sure that all legislation we pass adheres to the U.S. Constitution, and unfortunately the FISA reauthorization passed today does not.  I will continue to stand for my constituents’ constitutional rights.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.