H.R. 2578, Amdt. No. 4787 (Patriot Act/National Security Letters)
On the Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 108
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 58-38 (see complete tally)

On June 22, 2016, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on Senator McCain’s (R-AZ) Amendment No. 4787 to H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, by a vote of 58 to 38. The ACLU opposed Amendment No. 4787 because it would have dramatically expanded the government’s ability to collect data on Americans without a court order. Amendment No. 4787 would have expanded provisions of the Patriot Act authorizing the use of National Security Letters (NSL)—administrative subpoenas (generally accompanied by gag orders)—which allow the FBI to demand certain information from companies about their consumers. This provision could have been read to permit the FBI, for example, to use an NSL to collect IP addresses (which can be a proxy for location), email metadata, browsing history, and other electronic information. 

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 108
Votes For : 58
Votes Against : 38
Not Voting : 4