Robert Casey on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Nov 02, 2012

Summary

Passage of 9/11 Recommendations

In 2007, Senator Casey supported legislation to implement the 9/11 commission report. He stated that implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations was one of his primary campaign promises.

FISA Package

In 2008, Senator Casey supported the package of the FISA Package. He stated that the legislation revised and updated FISA to provide the intelligence community with the tools they need to target terrorists plotting attacks on the United States. He stated that he supported improvements in civil liberty protections of Americans over the temporary Protect America Act, and strengthening the oversight role of the FISA court in monitoring surveillance activities undertaken by the Executive Branch. He stated that he was disappointed that the Senate did not join the House in striking retroactive immunity provisions for those telecommunications firms that may have cooperated with the Administration in warrantless surveillance programs.

Success in Countering Al Qaeda Reporting Requirements Act

In 2009, Senator Casey supported the Success in Countering Al Qaeda Reporting Requirements Act. That legislation would have required a detailed assessment of the scope, status and progress of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in fighting al Qaeda and its affiliates abroad, a description of U.S. counterterrorism activities including a description of efforts to counter terrorist recruitment and financing and support public diplomacy efforts, a cross-cut analysis of the budgets of all Federal Government agencies as they relate to counterterrorism funding to battle al Qaeda and its affiliates abroad, an analysis of the extent to which specific Federal appropriations have provided a return on investment on efforts to combat and defeat al Qaeda, and a statistical assessments by the National Counterterrorism Center on the number of al Qaeda members killed, injured or taken into custody.

 

9/11 Commission Implementation

 In March of 2007, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for legislation to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 commission.

 

FISA Package

In February of 2008, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for recent FISA legislation.

 

FISA Amendments Act

In July of 2008, Senator Casey spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to prevent amnesty for communications companies that assisted the US in warrantless wiretaps.

 

Annual Reports

In April of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting legislation that he was introducing to require a yearly report on the progress of the war on terror.

 

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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the legislation.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the legislation.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

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

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Robert Casey voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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.

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