January 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on FISA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017:

“The safety of Nevadans and all Americans is a top priority for me. Our intelligence agencies must have the appropriate tools to protect our country from terrorist threats. My vote to reauthorize Section 702 of FISA reinforces my commitment to national security and the safety of Nevada and the families, friends, neighbors, and communities that call our state home. This bill also takes notable steps to protect civil liberties, including by expanding Congressional oversight of the program. While it is not a perfect bill, on balance the legislation will give our law enforcement and intelligence community the tools they need to keep us safe, while creating the avenues Congress needs to continue to keep a watchful eye on the program and how it is being used. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming years to ensure our oversight is continuous and rigorous. I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that our communities remain secure and that appropriate protections for American civil liberties are in place.”