One Democrat and one Republican in Washington D.C. are coming together to deliver a major roadblock to President Donald Trump’s un-American policy agenda.
Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul recently announced they’re co-sponsoring a major bipartisan bill that is certain to make the Trump administration flip out. The new bill being introduced by Wyden and Paul would place strict limits on the Trump administration’s power to surveil U.S. citizens.
The new plan to limit federal surveillance comes right after establishment Republicans announced a plan to ramp up the government’s surveillance powers. Republican Sen. Richard Burr – who is supported by Trump – wants to expand the feds’ ability to snoop on private citizens without getting a warrant from a judge.
Sen. Burr and the Trump administration are trying to rush through their pro-surveillance bill, without even holding any public hearings. However, now Sen. Wyden and Sen. Paul are putting up an effort to halt those plans.
Paul and Wyden’s bill would do pretty much the opposite of Burr’s: It would roll back the NSA and FBI’s ability to secretly, warrantlessly collect, access, and use communications from American citizens or from people on American soil.
Their bill is titled the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Reforming and Improving the Government’s High-Tech Surveillance Act of 2017″—the USA RIGHTS Act. It would restrain the feds’ ability to acquire or access American citizens’ communications and to use the information as evidence in court. It would prohibit “reverse targeting”—the practice of snooping on foreign targets as the law permits, but with the real motive of listening to the Americans communicating with them.
Sen. Paul is a conservative Republican, but he has shown a willingness to stand up to Trump on some key issues. Meanwhile, Sen. Wyden is seen as one of the most left-leaning members of the entire U.S. Senate.
If these two guys agree on something, you can bet that it is a good deal for the American people! We need to see more bipartisan cooperation against the Trump administration – just like this.