Kirsten Gillibrand on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Nov 10, 2010

Summary

Since assuming office in 2008, Senator Gillibrand has not been vocal in Homeland Security issues. She has advocated for increased funding for the "Securing the Cities" program in response to a possible nuclear or dirty bomb attack on New York.

 

Securing the Cities

In April of 2010, Senator Gillibrand issued a press statement noting her support for appropriations to fight against the possibility of a nuclear attack on a US city through an expansion of the Securing Our Cities Initiative.

 

Official Website 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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the legislation.

Kirsten Gillibrand 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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the legislation.

Kirsten Gillibrand 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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

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

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

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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Kirsten Gillibrand 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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Kirsten Gillibrand voted against 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.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1416; Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States and to repeal the prohibition on treaty obligations establishing grounds for certain claims.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1415; Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for the effective prosecution of terrorists and guarantee due process rights.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2826; Habeas Corpus for Detainees - Cosponsor

To amend titles 28 and 10, United States Code, to restore habeas corpus for individuals detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.

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