Claire McCaskill on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Oct 17, 2012

Summary

Implementing the 9/11 Recommendations

In February of 2007, Senator McCaskill spoke in support of legislation to implement the 9/11 commission reports. She also noted an amendment that she supported to provide TSA workers with the same rights as all other federal workers. She also supported the Improving America's Security Act.

Voting Record

While in office, Senator McCaskill has voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007, in support of the FISA Amendments Act of 2007, and in support of a measure to restore habeaus corpus to all detainees.

 

Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations

In February of 2007, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 commission.

 

Improving America's Security Act

In March of 2007, Senator McCaskill released a press statement noting her support for the Improving America's Security Act.

 

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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the legislation.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the legislation.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted against the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

Claire McCaskill voted against 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

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.

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