Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. SANCHEZ SAYS PROPOSED NSA REFORMS DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior Democrat on both the House Armed Services and House Homeland Security Committees and member of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, today responded to President Obama’s proposed reforms to surveillance practices by the National Security Agency (NSA). Rep. Sanchez is a longtime privacy and civil liberties advocate, having voted against the PATRIOT Act and every subsequent reauthorization of the controversial Section 215.
“Because of my experience on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I know the very real and very dangerous threats our country faces,” said Rep. Sanchez. “However, I am unwilling to sacrifice the privacy rights and civil liberties of Americans for the excessive collection of personal data.”
Rep. Sanchez has previously proposed numerous reforms, including the need to add a Privacy Officer and an Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security to report on the privacy impacts of data sharing. These proposals were included in last year’s Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CIPSA), which the passed through the House, but has stalled in the Senate.
“I am pleased the President wants to end the government’s blanket collection of Americans’ phone data and require intelligence agencies to obtain FISA court permission before retrieving it,” Rep. Sanchez continued. “However, his proposals today do not go far enough. There must be a limit to what type of data agencies can store and how long they may do so. I also believe that Americans deserve a privacy advocate within these programs, which I have proposed in multiple legislative initiatives. I look forward to working with my colleagues in changing our approach to data collection in the upcoming reauthorization of Section 215.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.