Brad Ellsworth on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Jul 13, 2010

Summary

Congressman Ellsworth has voted to allow wiretaps of people reasonably believed to be outside of the United States. He does not address the PATRIOT Act on his campaign or official website.

 

Voting Record

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

In October of 2010, the House voted on a funding bill for Homeland Security. Buried within that legislation was language to prevent any funds from being used to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the US or to their home nation. Also in that funding bill was a definition that made photos taken of prisoners at Guantanamo bay classified and unable to be released. The act passed the House 258-163. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

FISA Amendment Acts of 2008

In June of 2008, the House voted on the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support 293-129, but was never raised in the Senate. The legislation primarily contained provisions to allow for the monitoring of terrorists overseas that were a continuation of expired provisions in the Protect America Act. It also granted immunity to telecommunications companies against their customers for giving information to the government without a warrant. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Protect America Act of 2007

The Protect America Act of 2007 was a bill that sought to allow electronic surveillance of people reasonable believed to be outside of the United States. The bill lists the requirements for initiating surveillance and gives it a 1 year limitation. The bill passed in the House in a 227-183 vote. Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Brad Ellsworth voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1399; Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

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