Rep. Blum Votes Against Reauthorization of Government Surveillance Programs
Consistent with his record to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of his constituents, Rep. Rod Blum voted against reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). As the name suggests, the program was initially enacted with the focus of gathering intelligence on foreign actors but was expanded by the USA Patriot Act in 2001 to include surveillance of U.S. citizens.
In 2015, Congressman Blum voted against reauthorizing and expanding these authorities in the USA Freedom Act. In 2016 and 2017, Congressman Blum co-sponsored and voted for the Email Privacy Act, further protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.
Groups in favor of Congressman Blum’s position include Indivisible, FreedomWorks, the Sunlight Foundation, ACLU, NAACP, TechFreedom, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and The Cato Institute.