Rand Paul: Privacy Crusader!
Senate Bill 2685, the “USA Freedom Act” which would have placed significant new safeguards into electronic surveillance and ended the NSA’s meta-data collection program came up for a cloture vote today. Of course, due to the crazy precedent now set by the incoming GOP majority, the bill was unsurprisingly filibustered, and thus required a 60 vote cloture to proceed ahead. The cloture vote failed 58-42.
The voting list is somewhat predictable of course. Marco “Stop ISIS” Rubio, John “Bomb and Spy on Them All” McCain, and Lindsey “We’re All Gonna Die” Graham cast their usual votes. Perhaps more surprising is the presence of Dianne “Never Met a Spy Program She Didn’t Like” Feinstein voting for cloture on a bill she was very critical about, and the presence of Rand “Libertarian Savior” Paul on the Nay list. Other “sort of” surprises include Jerry Moran, who has been pushing very hard for tech company money.
Reminder: 41 of 42 nay votes were Republicans, and all of the Democratic senators defeated just two weeks ago voted in favor.
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