Congresswoman Lee Applauds Appeals Court’s Ruling on Telephone Data Collection

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling on the government's overly broad telephone metadata collection program:

"Today's ruling draws a clear line in the sand over the government's bulk collection and use of Americans’ telephone records.

The right to privacy is a fundamental American value and it is clear that the current bulk data collection endangers that right through the unconstrained use of new technologies.

I am glad the House Judiciary Committee removed this provision in the USA PATRIOT Act that will be coming forward in the House.

I have and will continue to oppose the broad invasion of ?Americans’ privacy authorized by the PATRIOT Act and other domestic surveillance programs.

Americans have and deserve an expectation of privacy."


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.