Protecting the Private Communications of Americans
On the Amendment
Senate Roll Call No. 14
110th Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 35-63 (see complete tally)
On February 12, 2008, the Senate defeated, by a vote of 35-63, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2007 (S. 2248) that would have ensured greater safeguards for the private communications of Americans. If in the process of collecting electronic communications, it is discovered that an American is a party to it, the government can only use and disseminate that communication if it was acting with a court order; there is an national emergency; at least one person is a terrorist or the communication is about terrorism; or it contains evidence of a crime. The ACLU supported the Feingold Amendment because it would have provided important privacy safeguards for the communications of Americans.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 14
Votes For : 35
Votes Against : 63
Not Voting : 2