For Immediate Release
July 13, 2016
More and more lately, Americans find themselves facing an out-of-control government continually exceeding the bounds of the Constitution. Most recently, we have seen our Fourth Amendment rights under attack.
I, like many, believe we must protect this country, but we cannot do so by circumventing the rights allotted to all Americans by the Constitution. One particular right this founding document granted you and me is the right against unreasonable search and seizures.
Just this week, I am proud to have voted against H.R. 5606, which would have expanded the Patriot Act. Thankfully, this bill failed to garner the two-thirds support necessary for its passage and failed on the House Floor.
Additionally, I believe in transparency. This bill did not go through the proper legislative process that this institution calls for leading to a lack of debate, no consideration of amendments, and little time to even fully read the text we were voting on. This is not how to legislate.
When I took office, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and this week we did just that. However, the fight is not over. This bill will likely resurface, but I will remain committed to fulfilling the oath of this office and fighting for our Constitutional rights.