The 'Amash Amendment' To Derail The NSA's Surveillance Powers Goes Down In The House
The amendment would have barred the NSA from blanket collection of records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, including telephone records, "that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215." It was co-sponsored by Reps.
It was targeted at the first part of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in disclosures to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald.
Democrats voted more in line with Amash, while Republicans sided with the opposition. By a 111-83 count, Democrats voted to adopt the amendment. Republicans voted against it by a 94-134 tally.
The vote on the Amash amendment followed a spirited debate in which a fellow Michigan Republican, Mike Rogers, accused Amash of engaging in this debate for "Facebook likes."
The debate prompted unlikely alliances in the House floor, with both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and deeply conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) voicing opposition to the amendment.
"When you had the chance to stand up for American's privacy, did you?" Amash said in closing the debate on the House floor.