Reps. Lofgren and Davidson Urge Consideration of Internet Privacy Amendment

May 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Warren Davidson (R-OH) sent a letter to the House Rules Committee urging the body to consider the Lofgren-Davidson Amendment when writing the rule for reauthorizing the USA FREEDOM Act.

The Lofgren-Davidson Amendment mirrors the Wyden-Daines Amendment, which would protect Americans’ web browsing and internet search history from warrantless surveillance. The Wyden-Daines Amendment nearly passed the Senate, falling one vote short with a final roll call vote of 59-41. However, four senators were not able to be present for the vote, including two likely “yes” votes.

Reps. Lofgren and Davidson urged the committee to consider this crucial amendment, in light of Fourth Amendment prohibitions on warrantless surveillance and especially since the Senate has signaled its support for Americans’ right to privacy.

Full text of the letter can be found below.