August 03, 2007 | Vote 309
S 1927

S 1927

 
Yes 60

17

43

No 28

28

Not voting: 12

About this vote

On Passage of the Bill

This amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 passed 60-28 on August 3. The bill gives U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order. The bill gives the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General authorization for periods up to one year, to information concerning suspected terrorists outside the United States. The existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act contained a 30-year-old statute requiring a warrant to monitor calls intercepted in the United States, regardless of their origin. The new Protect America Act amends this stipulation, allowing U.S. intelligence officials to monitor suspicious communication originating inside the U.S. The Bush administration argued that it needs the expanded power to confront terrorist threats. Civil liberties and privacy advocates argue the bill jeopardizes the Fourth Amendment privacy rights and allows for the warrantless monitoring of virtually any form of communication originating in the United States. Democrats managed a minor victory requiring a sunset clause effective 180 days after the bill is signed. In place of a court's approval, the National Security Agency plans to institute a system of internal bureaucratic controls. The bill passed in the House 227-183, and was sent to the White House soon after to be signed into law.

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Yes
60
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No
28
(28, 0, 0)
Not Voting
12
(6, 6, 0)
P Name State
R Allard Alan Allard
CO
R Barrasso John Barrasso
WY
D Bayh Birch Bayh
IN
R Bennett Robert Bennett
UT
R Bond Christopher Bond
MO
R Brownback Samuel Brownback
KS
R Burr Richard Burr
NC
D Carper Thomas Carper
DE
D Casey Robert Casey
PA
R Chambliss Clarence Chambliss
GA
R Coburn Thomas Coburn
OK
R Cochran William Cochran
MS
R Coleman Norman Coleman
MN
R Collins Susan Collins
ME
D Conrad Kent Conrad
ND
R Corker Robert Corker
TN
R Cornyn John Cornyn
TX
R Craig Larry Craig
ID
R Crapo Michael Crapo
ID
R DeMint James DeMint
SC
R Dole Elizabeth Dole
NC
R Domenici Pietro Domenici
NM
R Ensign John Ensign
NV
R Enzi Michael Enzi
WY
D Feinstein Dianne Feinstein
CA
R Graham Lindsey Graham
SC
R Grassley Charles Grassley
IA
R Hagel Charles Hagel
NE
R Hatch Orrin Hatch
UT
R Hutchison Kathyrn Hutchison
TX
R Inhofe James Inhofe
OK
D Inouye Daniel Inouye
HI
R Isakson Johnny Isakson
GA
D Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar
MN
R Kyl Jon Kyl
AZ
D Landrieu Mary Landrieu
LA
D Lieberman Joseph Lieberman
CT
D Lincoln Blanche Lincoln
AR
R Martinez Melquiades Martinez
FL
D McCaskill Claire McCaskill
MO
R McConnell Addison McConnell
KY
D Mikulski Barbara Mikulski
MD
R Murkowski Lisa Murkowski
AK
D Nelson Clarence Nelson
FL
D Nelson Earl Nelson
NE
D Pryor Mark Pryor
AR
R Roberts Charles Roberts
KS
D Salazar Kenneth Salazar
CO
R Sessions Jefferson Sessions
AL
R Shelby Richard Shelby
AL
R Smith Gordon Smith
OR
R Snowe Olympia Snowe
ME
R Specter Arlen Specter
PA
R Stevens Theodore Stevens
AK
R Sununu John Sununu
NH
R Thune John Thune
SD
R Vitter David Vitter
LA
R Voinovich George Voinovich
OH
R Warner John Warner
VA
D Webb James Webb
VA
P Name State
D Akaka Daniel Akaka
HI
D Baucus Max Baucus
MT
D Biden Joseph Biden
DE
D Bingaman Jesse Bingaman
NM
D Brown Sherrod Brown
OH
D Byrd Robert Byrd
WV
D Cantwell Maria Cantwell
WA
D Cardin Benjamin Cardin
MD
D Clinton Hillary Clinton
NY
D Dodd Christopher Dodd
CT
D Durbin Richard Durbin
IL
D Feingold Russell Feingold
WI
D Kennedy Edward Kennedy
MA
D Kohl Herbert Kohl
WI
D Lautenberg Frank Lautenberg
NJ
D Leahy Patrick Leahy
VT
D Levin Carl Levin
MI
D Menéndez Robert Menéndez
NJ
D Obama Barack Obama
IL
D Reed John Reed
RI
D Reid Harry Reid
NV
D Rockefeller John Rockefeller
WV
D Sanders Bernard Sanders
VT
D Schumer Charles Schumer
NY
D Stabenow Deborah Stabenow
MI
D Tester Jon Tester
MT
D Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse
RI
D Wyden Ronald Wyden
OR
P Name State
R Alexander Andrew Alexander
TN
D Boxer Barbara Boxer
CA
R Bunning James Bunning
KY
D Dorgan Byron Dorgan
ND
R Gregg Judd Gregg
NH
D Harkin Thomas Harkin
IA
D Johnson Timothy Johnson
SD
D Kerry John Kerry
MA
R Lott Chester Lott
MS
R Lugar Richard Lugar
IN
R McCain John McCain
AZ
D Murray Patty Murray
WA