H.R. 5293, Amdt. No. 1204 (Section 702 backdoor loophole)
On Agreeing to the Amendment
06/16/2016
House Roll Call No. 321
114th Congress, 2nd Session

Failed: 198-222 (see complete tally)

On June 16, 2016, the House failed to pass Rep. Massie’s (R-KY) Amendment No. 31 to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017 by a vote of 198 to 222. The ACLU supported Amendment No. 1204, which would have limited government surveillance and protected Americans’ security online. Amendment No. 1204 would have closed the “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to conduct searches of vast databases of information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) using a U.S. person identifier (i.e. the name or phone number of a U.S. person) without a warrant. The amendment would have also prohibited the use of funds to require or request that companies, entities or individuals build security vulnerabilities into their products or services in order to facilitate government surveillance. 



Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 321
Votes For : 198
Votes Against : 222
Not Voting : 14

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