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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Reform Government Surveillance; Sen. Ron Wyden Quoted

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Ron Wyden
Ron Wyden

A bipartisan group of legislators has presented a reform bill that promotes civil rights and protection against excessive government surveillance.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., led a team to propose changes in the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for further regulation, the senator’s office said Thursday.

The proposed bill, known as the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, would reform the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215 that allowed the National Security Agency to administer a mass surveillance program affecting numerous phone calls nationwide.

“I’m proud our bipartisan coalition is standing up for Americans’ rights and commonsense reforms to protect our people against unnecessary government surveillance,” Wyden said.

Reps. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio; Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, compose the bipartisan team led by Wyden.