USA FREEDOM Act (Motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed)
On the Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 282
113rd Congress, 2nd Session

Rejected: 58-42 (see complete tally)

On November 18, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed with S. 2685, the “USA FREEDOM Act” by a vote of 58 to 42. The ACLU supported this bill, and the motion to invoke cloture, because the bill would have significantly reformed the surveillance programs conducted by the NSA. The USA FREEDOM Act would have ended the NSA’s interception of vast amounts of deeply personal information on millions of innocent Americans.  This so-called bulk phone metadata is collected pursuant to Section 215 of the Patriot Act.  The bill would have also stopped bulk collection under national security letter and pen trap and trace provisions, increased transparency in the FISA courts by creating a process for the release of significant legal interpretations, and appointed a “special advocate” to argue on behalf of privacy and civil liberties before the court. The bill would have also allowed companies to disclose estimates of the number of requests for certain user data received from the government. The 113th Congress ended without further action on the bill. 

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 282
Votes For : 58
Votes Against : 42