WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) released the following statement following the House vote on the USA Rights Act, which was offered as an amendment to S. 139 – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2017 (FISA).

“Today’s defeat of the USA Rights amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was a loss for freedom and the Fourth Amendment,” said Congressman Poe. “The USA Rights Act would have reformed Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end warrantless backdoor searches by the government of Americans' communications (calls, emails, texts) that are routinely swept up under a program designed to spy on foreign targets, not Americans.

We must go after terrorists overseas and can do that and still protect Americans right of privacy. Ironically, the new FISA bill attempts to protect Americans from foreign terrorists, but denies those same Americans the right to privacy in their own homeland. The fight will go on. It does not end here. I will continue to fight for 702 and FISA reforms to end the warrantless spying on American citizens.”