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Wilson Statement on House Passage of FISA Update

June 23, 2008

Wilson Statement on House Passage of FISA Update

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today after the House passed a bipartisan fix to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“While today’s vote is long overdue, I welcome the cooperation by House Democrats to join Republicans in providing our intelligence community the resources they need,” said Rep. Wilson.  “The political wrangling and delay tactics perpetrated by House Democrats on these vital FISA reforms was a waste of time and a detriment to our intelligence gathering capabilities.  The intent of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is now and always has been to protect American citizens by monitoring threats in foreign countries.  This bill will uphold that intent and it will uphold the civil liberties of American citizens.”

“The compromise passed today by Republicans and Democrats sends a strong message to the American people that Washington can work together for the common good.  But just as importantly, it sends a strong message to our enemies that this nation is serious about defeating the threat of terrorism, and we are committed to bringing every lawful tool we have to bear to protect the American people.”

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