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Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joins Democrats in vote against surveillance law
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Vancouver, joined the state's congressional Democrats in opposing renewal of a controversial foreign intelligence law that allows spy agencies to sweep up communications from Americans
Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Vancouver, joined Washington’s six Democratic U.S. House representatives on Thursday in opposition to renewal of the federal government’s warrantless surveillance program.
Herrera Beutler was one of 45 Republicans who voted against the bill, which reauthorized U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad, but also to sweep up some communications by Americans. It was supported by Washington’s other three GOP U.S. House members, Reps. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn; Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane.
In an emailed statement through a spokeswoman, Herrera Beutler said while the bill contained reforms, there remained strong disagreement about whether it adequately protected the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.
“Our nation’s efforts to thwart terrorist attacks will continue to necessitate intelligence gathering, but it’s critical that we debate, amend and improve such efforts until we’ve removed any doubt that U.S. citizens could be deprived of due process. It’s vital we move forward, but it’s also vital we get this right,” Herrera Beutler said.
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