Rep Justin Amash, R-Michigan, proposed an amendment to HR 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014. Here is the text of that amendment:
AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2397, AS REPORTED
OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN
At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following new section:
1 SEC. ____. None of the funds made available by this
2 Act may be used to collect tangible things (including tele-
3 phone numbers dialed, telephone numbers of incoming
4 calls, and the duration of calls) pursuant to an order
5 under section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
6 Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1861) if such things do not per-
7 tain to a person who is the subject of an investigation de-
8 scribed in such section.
Here are the results of the vote on this amendment, taken on 24-Jul-2013:
The amendment was defeated 205 Ayes, 217 Noes, 12 NV. Republicans voted 94 Ayes, 134 Noes and Democrats voted 111 Ayes and 83 Noes. The above website clearly identifies Republicans and Democrats that voted on this amendment but does not include the states or districts they represent. It is worth noting that the House Republican leadership which never agrees with the Democrats on anything and certainly never supports the Obama administration, all fell right into bed with each other to support the NSA’s continued violations of the Constitution.
To me the issue is simple. The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to prevent the government from spying on and seizing the property of innocent people who are not suspected of any criminal or treasonous activity. Edward Snowden revealed to all of us that the NSA and the FBI were doing just that. They are violating the Constitution and then have the incredible gall to say that because they are doing this in secret, we cannot prove they are doing it so we cannot sue to stop them! Amazing!