U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) voted in favor of an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 2397) that would restore civil liberties and uphold the Constitution. The amendment, introduced by Reps. Justin Amash (MI-03) and John Conyers (MI-13), would limit the collection of U.S. citizens' metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Following the vote, Rep. Gosar issued this statement:
"While some in Congress desperately want to continue the NSA's domestic spying, I vigorously defended the Fourth Amendment by voting to limit the NSA's ability to use taxpayer money to spy on its own citizens. Not only is it important Congress empower the federal government to fulfill one of its primary responsibilities -- providing for the national defense -- but we must do so with respect for the Constitution. We must also remain eternally vigilant in our defense of liberty and I intend to continue doing so."
The Amash-Conyers Amendment, ultimately, failed to pass the House by a vote of 205-217.
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 2397) later passed the House by a vote of 315-109.