October 24, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Opposition to Advancing FISA Amendment Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement today following her vote to oppose the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2017:

“Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act is a vital tool for protecting our national security and ensuring public safety. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I have seen its value to the American people, and to the men and women of our Intelligence Community who combat the gravest threats to our country. I admire their professionalism and integrity, and Congress must ensure they remain equipped with the tools they need.

“This reauthorization is about more than a renewal of authority, though. Nearly a decade has gone by since Congress passed Section 702, and we have learned important lessons about how it works—and how it can be improved. I believe reauthorization legislation needs to sufficiently protect both privacy and security, and I do not believe the Committee’s current bill does enough to prioritize privacy rights.

“I will continue working with my colleagues, including those across the aisle and in the other chamber, to improve reauthorization legislation as it is considered by the full Senate, and to ensure that Section 702 is reauthorized before the end of the year.”