Target: Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules
Goal: Strip NSA funding due to recent instances of surveillance on citizens
Justin Amash, a United States representative and potential U.S. Senate candidate, has been very critical of recent events involving the NSA’s surveillance on American citizens. Now, Amash is attempting to introduce an amendment to a defense appropriation bill that would strip NSA of portions of funding. The amendments, however, need to pass through the House Committee on Rules before it can even reach the floor for a vote.
The bill wouldn’t bankrupt the entire NSA, but it would target funding that is directed towards domestic surveillance. Yet Amash is known to vote outside of his party and was recently targeted by Karl Rove, who stated that Amash was “far more liberal than any other Republican.” This also isn’t the first time that Amash has targeted defense and surveillance programs with amendments: earlier he called for the resignation of James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence. Amash also introduced the Telephone Records Protection Act, in an attempt to preserve the privacy of AP journalists whose phone records were seized.
Due to Amash’s reputation within his party, it may be difficult for him to garner their support for this amendment. Sign this petition to urge the House Committee on rules to allow this amendment to reach a floor vote, in hopes that this may pave the way for a more transparent and benign system of national security.
Dear Pete Sessions,
Recently, Representative Justin Amash introduced an amendment to a defense appropriation bill that would strip the NSA’s funding for domestic surveillance. The NSA scandal has received widespread criticism from American citizens, and they cannot be allowed to infringe upon our civil rights any longer. Amash has been at the forefront of this ideology, taking measures to protect the privacy and civil rights of all Americans.
This amendment has to pass through your committee before it can even reach the floor for a vote. I urge you, pass this on to the floor so it can stand a chance. Amash’s reputation within his party has created skepticism for his measures but with your committee’s support, it may stand a chance at being heard. This amendment wouldn’t serve to bankrupt the NSA, but rather target specific portions of its funding that deal with domestic surveillance. The NSA could still function, yet Amash’s amendment targets the most sinister aspects of its existence. Pass it through your committee, and show the public that you support their rights to privacy.
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