WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of the USA Freedom Act.

“Over the past year, Americans have learned that the NSA has abused the fourth amendment, secretly collecting bulk data including our phone calls, text messages and more. The NSA justified its actions citing Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Though it is clear that NSA acted outside the scope of Section 215, it was important for Congress to clarify the law and ensure that it could be abused no longer.

Recently the Judiciary Committee passed the USA Freedom Act which would have done just that. It would have put an end to NSA’s illegal activities and ended bulk data collection as we know it. But between the Committee vote and the House floor the bill was changed and it now confused what should have been clarified. The version of the USA Freedom Act that passed the House today leaves room for different interpretations, potentially giving NSA the ability to continue to act outside the intent of Congress and the Constitution. I could not support a bill that may allow abuses of the fourth amendment to continue.”