Congressman Alan Grayson

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Rules Committee Blocks House from Voting on Grayson Privacy Amendment

Jun 13, 2013
Press Release
Grayson’s Amendment Would Have Prohibited Info Collection on U.S. Citizens

Rules Committee Blocks House from Voting on Grayson Privacy Amendment

Grayson’s Amendment Would Have Prohibited Info Collection on U.S. Citizens

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In a late night meeting yesterday, the House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment by Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09), which would have prohibited the Department of Defense from collecting internet, telephone and other personal information generated by U.S. citizens, in America, without probable cause of a terrorism or criminal offense. The Rules Committee determines which amendments to a bill will move forward to the House floor for a full vote. There was no recorded vote, but Republicans outnumber Democrats on that committee by nine to four. Rather than allowing the full House of Representatives to vote on Grayson’s amendment, Republicans on the committee prevented the amendment from going on to the Floor.

Grayson drafted the amendment in an effort to address detailed reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records and the private internet communications of U.S. citizens in the United States.

Grayson blasted the decision, saying that Congress must protect the freedom and privacy of all Americans.

This is an extremely important issue for you, me, and everyone else. According to credible articles, the NSA is compiling personal data on each and every single one of us, even the entirely innocent—for no reason, other than the fact that they can,” Grayson said. “This amendment should have received the full consideration of the House of Representatives, so that those of us who have been elected to represent our constituents can defend our freedom, end this gross invasion of privacy, and ensure that these actions cease immediately.”

Congressman Alan Grayson represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Polk counties. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th Congressional District in the 111th Congress.