Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Bipartisan House Members Announce Fourth Amendment Caucus

July 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced the newly formed Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect the privacy and security of Americans in the digital age.
 
The bipartisan caucus is comprised of twenty-five founding members, thirteen Republicans and twelve Democrats. The members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to protect against warrantless searches and seizures, close privacy violating surveillance loopholes, and champion reform efforts to protect and restore Fourth Amendment rights.

“Our laws regarding freedom, privacy and civil liberties have not kept up with the rapid expansion of technology in today’s digital age,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has introduced the Strengthening Privacy, Oversight, and Transparency (SPOT) Act. “I look forward to working with the bipartisan coalition united behind this caucus to protect and strengthen the Fourth Amendment rights granted to each and every American under our Constitution.”

“Members of the House of Representatives from both parties are eager to debate and vote on privacy and surveillance issues that are far too often drafted in secret and jammed through the legislative process under tight deadlines, restrictive procedures, and little debate,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). “From shutting the backdoor on warrantless spying to leading efforts to protect privacy, this Fourth Amendment Caucus gives members a new, nonpartisan forum for ideas, organization, and strategy as we fight to protect the Constitution and the American people.”

“As technology continues to evolve and improve, Congress must ensure that the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens are protected,” said Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02). “Technology may change, but the Constitution does not.”


Above: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks about the need to protect and strengthen Americans’ privacy rights at the Fourth Amendment Caucus launch (photo available here for download)
 
Founding Members of the Fourth Amendment Caucus:
Ted Poe (R-TX) [Co-Chair]
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) [Co-Chair]
Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Beto O'Rourke (D-TX)
Blake Farenthold (R-TX)
Dan Kildee  (D-MI)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Hank Johnson (D-GA)
Jared Polis (D-CO)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
John Lewis (D-GA)
Justin Amash (R-MI)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)
Mo Brooks (R-AL)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Suzan DelBene (D-WA)
Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Walter Jones (R-NC)

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