Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Government Surveillance Legislation

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard voted against government surveillance of our communications today. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act became law in 2008. It allowed the federal government to collect and retain copies of every American citizen's communications through calls, emails, texts, and other forms. Prior to the vote to reauthorize the act today, Congresswoman Gabbard addressed the House from the Floor:  "We have a very important responsibility to strike a balance between national security to keep the American people safe, while also protecting our constitutionally protected freedoms. Let us make this critical choice. Vote to keep our country safe. Vote to uphold our constitutional rights that so many have fought and died to protect."  Despite Congresswoman Gabbard's plea, the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act passed by a vote of 256 to 164, putting it back into effect for another six years.