Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding his vote for the Amash-Conyers amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.
"Today, I voted in support of the bipartisan Amash-Conyers Amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014. This amendment protects our privacy by limiting the scope of the NSA's collection of surveillance records to those related to a duly authorized investigation. This allows our defense community the tools they need to fight the ever-changing battle against terrorism, while preventing the erosion of our constitutional rights."
This amendment was sponsored by Reps. Justin Amash (MI), John Conyers (MI), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Jared Polis (CO), and Thomas Massie (KY). It ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act and bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215.