House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today released the statement below following new NSA intelligence gathering allegations and the introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).
Chairman Goodlatte: "With each revelation of the scope of NSA's intelligence gathering programs, it's increasingly clear that we need to take legislative action with regard to these programs to ensure that they adequately protect Americans' civil liberties and operate in a prudent manner. I commend Crime Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner for his efforts to examine how best to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This bill is a good first step and will generate a healthy discussion about what provisions need to be changed in current law. I am committed to working with him and other members of the House Judiciary Committee, House leaders, and other members of Congress to ensure our nation's intelligence collection programs include real protections for Americans' civil liberties, robust oversight, and additional transparency, while maintaining a workable legal framework for national security officials to keep our country safe from foreign enemies."