THE TOOLS ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY -- (House of Representatives - March 14, 2008)
(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, the White House and congressional Republicans continue to play games with our Nation's national security. Rather than working with us to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Republicans insist that this House simply rubber-stamp a bill that passed the Senate earlier this year.
House Democrats refuse to do that. Instead, just as we did last November, we will bring a balanced bill to the floor today that gives our intelligence community the tools it needs to track terrorists and prevent another attack while also protecting the constitutional rights of innocent Americans.
We believe this approach produces the best results for our intelligence community, and that is why we refuse to simply rubber-stamp the Senate bill.
Mr. Speaker, when House Republicans allowed the President's Protect America Act to expire last month, they did so knowing that all of the authorities granted the intelligence community in that act would be in place until this summer. We had time to get this legislation right, and today we intend to pass a strong compromise bill that should garner support on both sides of the aisle.