GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend NSA’s Bulk Data Collection Authorities, Ayotte Immediately Throws Her Support Behind D.C. GOP Leadership
When asked about reigning in the NSA’s bulk data collection program, Kelly Ayotte told Politico yesterday, “I don’t think eliminating this type of program is the right direction for us to go right now.”
“As Republican leadership pushes to extend the NSA’s authority to collect bulk data on Granite Staters without oversight or accountability, Kelly Ayotte is once again focused on following her party’s Washington leadership and advancing her national interests, not representing the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Granite Staters value our privacy and it’s time for Ayotte to stop siding with her party’s leadership against the interests of New Hampshire.”
Ayotte’s comments fit a pattern of siding with her party’s leadership against the privacy rights of New Hampshire’s citizens, including her vote against the bipartisan USA Freedom Act that would have ended NSA’s bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata.
Ayotte has also voted repeatedly against measures to increase disclosure and congressional oversight of government surveillance programs, even opposing one amendment that simply would have required the Director Of National Intelligence to report to Congress the number of domestic communications obtained under the 2008 foreign surveillance law.
Ayotte Voted Against Bipartisan USA Freedom Act That Would Have Ended NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Domestic Telephone And Internet Metadata. In November 2014, Ayotte voted against a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic telephone and Internet metadata by intelligence agencies. It would allow intelligence agencies to query data held by telephone companies if the government can demonstrate the search is needed to fight terrorism. Under the bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would be required to authorize data collection, except in defined emergencies, and appoint a special panel to oversee individual privacy and civil liberties. It also would increase the amount of information service providers can report to the public.” The motion was rejected 58-42. [S.2685, Vote 282, 11/18/14]
Ayotte Voted Against Three Amendments To Increase Disclosure And Congressional Oversight Of Government Surveillance Programs:
- Ayotte Voted Against Requiring Director Of National Intelligence To Report To Congress Number Of Domestic Communications Obtained Under 2008 Foreign Surveillance Law. [S.Amdt. 3439 to H.R. 5949, Vote 235, 12/28/12]
- Ayotte Voted Against Requiring The Government To Disclose FISA Court Decisions, Orders, Or Opinions On Surveillance Requests Unless Disclosure Was Not In U.S. National Security Interests. [S.Amdt. 3435 to H.R. 5949, Vote 233, 12/27/12]
- Ayotte Voted Against Adding Oversight Protections To FISA Bill And Shortening Reauthorization From Five Years To Three. [S,Amdt. 3437 to H.R. 5949, Vote 232, 12/27/12]