Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
March 14, 2008
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD), House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes applauded today’s passage of the FISA Amendments Act, which passed the House 213-197. 
“I am proud that the House passed thoughtful, appropriate legislation today that addresses the needs of the intelligence community without abandoning the ideals and principles upon which our nation was founded,” Hoyer said.  “I look forward to continued discussions with the Senate and an expedient resolution on a final product.  I hope our Republican colleagues will finally join us at the negotiating table, so we can complete work on this critical legislation.”
“I applaud my colleagues for supporting a bill that is sensible and responsible policy and strikes the appropriate balance between the government’s need to protect our citizens from foreign attack, and our citizens’ right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” Conyers said. “I look forward to sending a bill to the President's desk that  maintains this very important balance and I encourage the President to support our efforts.”
“The U.S. House today passed responsible legislation that arms our intelligence community with powerful new tools to keep us safe and restores essential constitutional protections for Americans that were sharply eroded when the President signed the Protect America Act into law last August,” said Reyes. “We have put the security of Americans first and foremost. We will continue to work to move this forward in a manner that provides for both our nation’s security and liberty.”