Bill Nelson on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Oct 14, 2012

Homeland Security

In September of 2002, Senator Nelson spoke on the senate floor about the need to reorganize the government to respond to the new threats represented by terrorism.

 

Opposition to Phone Records

In May of 2006, Senator Nelson released a press statement noting his opposition to revelations that the Bush administration and phone companies had collaborated to store records of phone calls on US citizens.

 

Protect America Act

In August of 2007, Senator Nelson spoke on the Senate floor about legislation that was being proposed related to homeland security. He noted that none of the pieces of legislation being proposed prevented US citizens abroad from being spied on.

 

Support for FISA Amendments

In December of 2007, Senator Nelson spoke on the Senate floor about the need to pass the FISA legislation and the bipartisanship it represented.

 

FISA Amendments Act of 2007

In January of 2008, Senator Nelson spoke on the Senate floor about the need for the FISA Amendments Act of 2007.

 

FISA Amendments Act of 2008

In July of 2008, Senator Nelson spoke on the Senate floor about the balance achieved by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. He spoke later and amended those statements.

 

 

Voting Record

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Final Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the conference report for the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - HR 1540. This final version of the legislation passed 86-13. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the legislation.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Senate Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The legislation passed 93-7. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the legislation.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Cloture

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The cloture motion passed 88-12. Bill Nelson voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Udall Amendment to Repeal Provision

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations bill. This legislation contained provisions to allow for the arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens if they were merely suspected of allying with al-Qaida. Senator Udall offered an amendment to remove this specific section. The attempt failed 38-60. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

FISA Amendment Acts of 2007

In February of 2008, the Senate voted on the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support 68-29, but was never raised in the House. 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. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Restore Habeas Corpus

In September of 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners a Guantanamo Bay. The measure received a majority of the votes, but not enough to pass. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Protect America Act of 2007

The Protect America Act of 2007 dealt with certain aspects of electronic surveillance and the overall war on terror. In the vote to pass the legislation, most Republicans supported the bill and only about 1/3 of the Democrats supported the legislation. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Military Commission Act of 2006

The Military Commissions Act passed in response to a supreme court ruling which stated that stated that military tribunals established by the Bush administrations did not align with the UCMJ. The Act defined unlawful enemy combatants and allowed for the military tribunals to be held. It passed the Senate 65-34. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act

In March of 2006, congress reauthorized the USA PATRIOT Act. Despite the fact that the PATRIOT Act had become a controversial topic, only 4 Senators opposed the act in the actual vote. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

In October of 2004, congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The act was meant to reform national intelligence, and it created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The act passed the Senate with only 2 dissenting votes. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002

In November 2002, the Senate passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Among other things, the act created the Department of Homeland Security, and set forth the jurisdiction of that department. In the vote, almost all Republicans supported the legislation and only a small percentage of Democrats opposed it. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

The Patriot Act

In October of 2001, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Although the act passed the senate with 1 dissenting vote and 1 \"No Vote\", it has become one of the more divisive pieces of legislation. This is partly due to the expansion of governmental wiretapping privileges. Bill Nelson voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Bill Nelson voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Authorization for the Use of Force

Three days after the attacks of September 11, the senate authorized the use of military force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The vote was unanimous. Bill Nelson voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

Bill Nelson voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 185; Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that eliminated the jurisdiction of any court to hear or consider applications for a writ of habeas corpus filed by aliens who have been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as enemy combatants (or who are awaiting such determination) and actions against the United States relating to the detention of such aliens and to military commissions (thus restoring habeas corpus rights existing prior to the enactment of such Act).Allows courts to hear or consider legal challenges to military commissions only as provided by the Code of Military Justice or by a habeas corpus proceeding.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2082; Extending Provisions of the PATRIOT Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the USA PATRIOT ACT to extend the sunset of certain provisions of that Act and the lone wolf provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to March 31, 2006.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2167; Extending Portions of the USA PATRIOT Act - Cosponsor

Amending the USA PATRIOT Act to extend from December 31, 2005, to February 3, 2006, provisions of that Act and the "lone wolf" provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 12; Targeting Terrorists More Effectively Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to combat international terrorism, and for other purposes.

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