Mitch McConnell Pushing Bad Amendments To Block Any Useful Amendments On Surveillance Reform

No matter what some are claiming, there are some important reforms in the USA Freedom Act. It doesn’t go far enough, and the bill is far from perfect, but as a starting point it has some value. But with three provisions expiring last night, while the Senate looks to finally vote on the USA Freedom Act, it has allowed Mitch McConnell to “fill the tree” with really bad amendments, rather than with actually useful amendments that would improve the USA Freedom Act. Chances are that McConnell’s amendments won’t pass either — and the original version of the USA Freedom Act will make it through. But the whole situation should just be a reminder that whatever happens this week, we still need significantly more reform before the abuses of the intelligence community are truly limited and stopped.

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