Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act, which balances our needs for security and privacy:
“In order to stay secure in these dangerous times, we must have the tools to track terrorists and spies. But the American people have strong concerns about a big government watching over our phone calls, collecting our metadata, and possibly invading our privacy. So the House has looked at the facts on the ground and recalibrated our approach to keep America safe while protecting civil liberties.
“The USA FREEDOM Act stops bulk data collection while still making sure those fighting terrorism have access to what they need so they can do their job and prevent future terror attacks. That’s what makes it a good, bipartisan bill.
“I want to thank the Judiciary Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and their Chairmen, Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Devin Nunes (CA-22), for working together to write a bill that strikes the right balance to ensure our security and protect our right to privacy.”