Lawmakers' Attitudes Toward NSA Surveillance Are Changing

By Philip Bump

July 9, 2013

Slowly -- very, very slowly -- attitudes toward NSA surveillance among Congressional representatives appear to be changing. A report from The Washington Post indicating that members of the Democratic leadership are open to reform measures warrants the question: How many total members of Congress currently support reform?

To figure that out, we first had to define what we meant by reform. We came up with three options, dealing with the two laws that enable the surveillance. The first law is the Patriot Act, passed in October 2001 and revised in 2006 to allow the collection of phone records. The second is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was amended in 2008 to approve the government's surveillance of online activity.

So how do both chambers of Congress break down? Overall, not well. 

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By Philip Bump

July 9, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/defense/2013/07/lawmakers-attitudes-toward-nsa-surveillance-are-changing/66251/