Jim Risch on Homeland Security
Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor
A: The message to the American people is we are fighting ObamaCare. That's what we told our folks at home we would do.
Q: What would congressional Republicans do, if ObamaCare were off the table, to get negotiations going about a budget?
A: Why don't we enact what we all agree on? We all agreed that the National Parks should be funded. The Veterans Administration should be; we agreed that the military should be funded.
Q: Let me ask you about this from a security standpoint; about a budget impasse posing a serious threat.
A: The national security items should come first. Republicans would love to take the National Security Agency and fund it in in its entirety. The other side is saying, "No, we aren't going to do this," what they call "piecemeal." I call that part of the appropriation process.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Rep. Smith, R-TX]: America is safe today not because terrorists and spies have given up their goal to destroy our freedoms and our way of life. We are safe today because the men and women of our Armed Forces, our intelligence community, and our law enforcement agencies work every single day to protect us. And Congress must ensure that they are equipped with the resources they need to counteract continuing terrorist threats. On Feb. 28, three important provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act will expire. These provisions give investigators in national security cases the authority to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to seek certain business records, and to gather intelligence on lone terrorists who are not affiliated with a known terrorist group. The Patriot Act works. It has proved effective in preventing terrorist attacks and protecting Americans. To let these provisions expire would leave every American less safe.
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
[Rep. Conyers, D-MI]: Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows a secret FISA court to authorize our government to collect business records or anything else, requiring that a person or business produce virtually any type record. We didn't think that that was right then. We don't think it's right now. This provision is contrary to traditional notions of search and seizure which require the government to show reasonable suspicion or probable cause before undertaking an investigation that infringes upon a person's privacy. And so I urge a "no" vote on the extension of these expiring provisions.
Status: Passed 86-12
Congressional Summary:Expressing the conditions for the US becoming a signatory to the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
Opponent's argument against bill:(United Nations press release, June 3, 2013):
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon str
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