Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement tonight after voting against the extension of the PATRIOT Act:
“Our first responsibility is to ensure the security of the American people. Our intelligence and law enforcement professionals deserve all of the tools and resources they need to keep our families safe as they balance security and our civil liberties.
“Today Congress failed to seize the opportunity to enact measures and improvements needed to preserve Americans' privacy and to incorporate oversight and compliance with the law. In addition, Congress failed to consider meaningful reforms to National Security Letters to address documented abuses. Instead, we were left to vote only on a long extension of some of the most controversial and troubling aspects of the PATRIOT Act.
“Moving forward, we must ensure that we can protect the American people, and protect and defend the Constitution.”