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H.R. 2048 - USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

Bill Text

  • Text of H.R. 2048 PDF XML

    USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (as reported)

  • H. Rept. 114-109 Part 1 PDF

    Report from the Committee on the Judiciary

Rule Information

COMMITTEE ACTION:
REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 8-3 on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

FLOOR ACTION ON H. RES. 255: 
Agreed to by record vote of 240-186, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 

MANAGERS: Foxx/Slaughter

1. General debate rule for H.R. 1735.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the House.

5. Closed rule for H.R. 36.

6. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary or their respective designees.

7. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

8. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

9. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.

10. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

11. Closed rule for H.R. 2048.

12. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

13. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

14. Provides that the amendment printed in part B of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

15. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.

16. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

17. Provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of May 14, 2015, or May 15, 2015, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules, as though under clause 1 of rule XV and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Goodlatte (VA)RepublicanMANAGER’S AMENDMENT Makes technical corrections.Considered As Adopted
6Version 1Jordan (OH), Amash (MI), Labrador (ID)RepublicanSUBSTITUTE Replaces the text of the bill with the original version of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 3361 from the 113th Congress, as introduced), which had 152 cosponsors, plus the addition of a two-year extension of the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. This substitute reins in bulk collection of Americans’ records without codifying bulk collection; provides for a more meaningful adversarial process before the FISC, including providing a special advocate with the ability to repeal FISC decisions; and strengthens reporting and transparency requirements.Submitted
3Version 1Massie (KY), Lofgren (CA), Amash (MI), Polis (CO), Poe (TX)Bi-PartisanProhibits warrantless searches of government databases for the communications of U.S. persons. Prohibits government agencies from mandating data security vulnerabilities in products or services to allow surveillance.Submitted
9Version 1Pocan (WI)DemocratExplicitly bans the use of Executive Order 12333 as a way of collecting bulk data on U.S. Citizens without a warrant. Submitted
10Version 1Pocan (WI)DemocratMakes retaliation against federal national security whistle blowers illegal and provides for the termination of individuals who engage in such retaliation.Submitted
4Version 1Polis (CO), Amash (MI), Pocan (WI)Bi-PartisanSets forth new minimization procedures to limit the acquisition, retention, and use of surveillance to targets of investigation, suspected agents of foreign powers, and direct contacts of such individuals.Submitted
5Version 1Polis (CO), Pocan (WI)DemocratAmends the bill's public reporting section to clarify that persons submitting a report should report the number of individual customer accounts affected rather than the number of customer selectors targeted.Submitted
7Version 1Polis (CO)DemocratProhibits elements of the Department of Justice, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, from engaging in unwarranted bulk collection of tangible things. Permits the DOJ to issue a subpoena for records containing tangible things only if the subpoena contains a "specific selection term," as defined in the underlying legislation.Submitted
8Version 1Polis (CO)DemocratProhibits the surveillance of foreign individuals for the sole purpose of acquiring the communications of a U.S. person pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence of Surveillance Act. Also limits the acquisition pursuant to such Act of wholly domestic communications that are not required to protect against international terrorism or the international proliferation of weapons of mass production.Submitted
11Version 1Schweikert (AZ)RepublicanAmends Section 401 to direct the amici to advocate in support of legal interpretations that advance individual privacy and civil liberties. Submitted
2Version 1Yoder (KS), Polis (CO)Bi-PartisanAmends title 18, United States Code, to update the privacy protections for electronic communications information that is stored by third-party service providers in order to protect consumer privacy interests while meeting law enforcement needs.Submitted