Statement on Passage of Surveillance Measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 19, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland -

Los Angeles, CA – United States Senate candidate Kevin de León released the following statement today, after Congress passed legislation this week that allows the US government to conduct unwarranted surveillance on American citizens:

“As Washington, D.C. was consumed by a debate over the future of nearly a million Dreamers living in the United States - the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows for unchecked spying on American citizens by their government.

“The measure passed with the bare minimum number of votes required, sealed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s “AYE” vote.

“Senator Feinstein and her colleagues had an opportunity to hold out, to fight for provisions that would have protected Americans from this gross invasion of their privacy - but voted instead to extend it.

“Her decision is disappointing, but it isn’t surprising.  In 2009 she penned an op-ed in defense of unbridled government wiretapping, calling FISA’s warrantless spying provisions a ‘strong intelligence tool’.

“Given that our current President believes the Department of Justice and the FBI are his own personal law enforcement division, and regularly talks about locking up his political opponents - Congress’s actions threaten to plunge this country into an Orwellian nightmare.

“No President, especially not this President, should have the power to conduct warrantless searches to invade citizens’ privacy.  It’s unreasonable, and it’s un-American.”