House Votes To Continue Domestic Spying

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives defeated, 205-217, an amendment to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s  Domestic Phone Metadata program.

Congressman Frank Pallone was in New Jersey campaigning for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate which will be decided in the Special Primary on August 13.  He did not vote on the measure.

The rest of the New Jersey delegation split, 4-7, to continue domestic spying.

Voting for the amendment (against the spying) were Republicans Chris Smith and Scott Garrett and Democrats Rush Holt and Bill Pascrell.

Voting nay (for funding the spying) were Republicans Rodney Freylinghuysen, Frank LoBiando, Leonard Lance and Jon Runyon, along with Democrats Rob Andrews, Donald Payne, JR, and Albio Sires.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, National Security, NSA | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “House Votes To Continue Domestic Spying”

  1. Tom Stokes said at 9:45 am on July 25th, 2013:

    Domestic spying is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights under the US Constitution. FISA relates to “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”; why are American citizens being treated like foreign agnts or terrorists?

    All public officials, including Republican and Democrat congresspersons, take an oath of office to support and defend the US Constitution. When will these politicians be held accountable to their oath of office?

    Congratulations to Congressman Smith for standing up to this tyranny.

    American need to stand up and demand action NOW!

  2. SenseCommon said at 11:36 am on July 25th, 2013:

    I guess we should just start letting the government place cameras in our living rooms, after all….it’s for our “protection.”

    This is the result of president’s gaining too much power and Congress looking the other way when it comes to doing their jobs. And this is beyond party lines because Bush was doing this before Obama…Obama just expanded it.

  3. Mark F. said at 2:23 pm on July 25th, 2013:

    Mr. Runyon’s vote is quite a disappointment. He seems to do that too much, disappointing. What ratings does he get from conservative organizations?

  4. Tom Stokes said at 3:30 pm on July 25th, 2013:

    Had those seven (7) NJ Congresspersons voted for this amendment the amendment would have passed; only needed seven to switch their vote from no to aye.

    Every one of those Congresspersons are now directly responsible for the continuing government violation of our privacy rights and have damaged every American’s constitutional rights. hopefully the voters will show their displeasure at the polls in 2014 in primary fights.

    I hope that democrat voters will remember that Frank Pallone was AWOL in this fight to protect our constitutional rights.

  5. Mark F. said at 9:07 am on July 26th, 2013:

    No conservative rating of Runyon?
    How about Pallone’s absence. Shouldn’t we dock pay from paid representatives who miss votes unless they have a doctor’s note? He wasn’t there because he is campaigning for the senate primary. WE DON’T PAY HIM TO RUN FOR HIGHER OFFICE—WE PAY HIM TO SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENT US.

  6. Barry said at 11:11 am on July 26th, 2013:

    Personally I think this vote was a staged game. if the amendment had any chance of passing some of those yes votes would have been no. Sorry to sound so jaded, but the vote had 218 noes then went to 217. I was watching the vote on CSPAN. Apparently someone was able to switch to because the vote was not needed.