Congressman Keith Rothfus

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

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Rothus Votes to Keep America Safe and Free

Jan 11, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) released the following statement after supporting the passage of S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. This bill reauthorizes U.S. government authority to monitor communications of hostile foreign agents:
 

“Today I voted for the bipartisan FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act, a necessary law that helps protect the United States from terrorists and foreign spies,” said Congressman Rothfus. “This legislation improves upon the law by adding accountability procedures to uphold Americans’ Constitutional rights.”

Background:

S.139 passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 256 to 164. The current FISA Amendments Act expires on January 19, 2018.  If S.139 is signed by the President, Congress will have to address reauthorization again in six years. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act dates back to the 1970’s, and is the law that allows U.S. intelligence and law enforcement to conduct surveillance on foreign spies and terrorists. Updates to the law have occurred periodically, especially after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

 

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