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

“The USA Freedom Act is a step in the right direction but it does not go far enough,” said Rep. Poe. “I can’t go back to the people I represent and claim that this bill in its current form ends government surveillance, it does not. Surveillance reform must also address other issues like the government’s ‘backdoor’ snooping and seizure of citizens phone calls, text messages and emails through Section 702 of FISA. The USA Freedom Act addresses neither. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end warrantless government surveillance that defies the fourth amendment right to privacy guaranteed to every American in the Constitution.”