Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NSA vote a sign of House GOP’s growing libertarianism

NSA vote a sign of House GOP’s growing libertarianism | The Daily Caller:

July 30, 2013 - "On Thursday, the day after the House narrowly rejected an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters that he’s concerned the national counterterrorism debate is drifting in a libertarian direction....

"The so-called Amash amendment would have modified Section 215 of the Patriot Act to prevent security agencies from scooping up telephone metadata on Americans who aren’t under investigation for espionage or terrorism. The amendment failed, 205-217, but not along normal partisan lines: 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted for it, and 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats voted against it....

"Of the 129 House Republicans* who entered Congress in January 2009 or later, 65 voted for the Amash amendment, 60 voted against it, and four didn’t vote. Of the 105 House Republicans who entered Congress before the financial crisis, 29 voted for the Amash amendment, 74 voted against it, and two didn’t vote.

"The generational divide that the vote exposed suggests that the Republican Party is moving away from the national-security conservatism that dominated GOP politics in the years following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks."

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