Frank Lautenberg on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Apr 28, 2010

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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the legislation.

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the legislation.

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

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

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted against the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Frank Lautenberg voted against 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Frank Lautenberg voted against 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Frank Lautenberg 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. Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Frank Lautenberg voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

 

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-110; Bill Number-S 4; Improving America's Security Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to make the United States more secure by implementing unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fight the war on terror more effectively, to improve homeland security, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 576; Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for the effective prosecution of terrorists and guarantee due process rights.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1237; Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.

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 2369; Delayed Notice Search Warrants - Cosponsor

A bill to require a more reasonable period for delayed-notice search warrants, to provide enhanced judicial review of FISA orders and national security letters, to require an enhanced factual basis for a FISA order, and to create national security letter sunset provisions.

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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