This procedural vote was whether or not to advance a bill reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Act, without substantial reforms. This law permits the warrantless surveillance of American citizens.
Under Section 702, the National Security Agency has sweeping authority to collect incidental data on Americans while spying on foreign targets. The collected information, including emails and text messages, is stored and can be queried by law enforcement without a warrant or even probable cause.
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and several other civil liberties advocates in the Senate had previously vowed to filibuster the reauthorization of this unconstitutional program but were denied the opportunity by this vote to end debate.
The Senate voted to end debate on January 16, 2018, in a roll-call vote of 60-38.
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Conservative position: NO
YEAs — 60
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
NAYs — 38
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Not Voting — 2