Repost from July 25, 2013
On July 24th, the House of Representatives voted on H. Amdt 413 – otherwise known as the Amash Amendment. Created by Republican Justin Amash of the 3rd Michigan District, the purpose of the legislation was
“The Amash-Conyers amendment ends NSA’s blanket collection of Americans’ telephone records. It does this by requiring the FISA court under Sec. 215 to order the production of records that pertain only to a person under investigation…
The amendment does not restrict the types of records that the government can collect under Sec. 215…The amendment simply requires that there be a reasonable connection between the documents sought and the person under investigation…
The amendment does not take away a tool that has proved effective in the fight against terrorism.”
The vote on July 24th ended up 217 against (134 Republicans, 83 Democrats) to 205 for (94 Republicans, 111 Democrats). In New York State, my home State, the vote was 1 Republican (Rep. Christopher Gibson of the NY-19) and 11 Democrats for the Amash Amendment, 5 Republicans and 9 Democrats against the Amendment. 1 Democrat, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy did not vote at all.
While you may or may not be upset by the voting results, this article is about something far different. Something that I find even more important.
Rep Richard Hanna on July 25, 2013, by 8:30AM when I found it, explained why he voted for the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014. In that statement on H.R. 2397 is the following:
“Finally, I supported an amendment that ensures the National Security Agency (NSA) may not target a U.S. person or acquire and store the content of a U.S. person’s communications, including phone calls and e-mails. I will continue to support Constitutionally-protected civil liberties and the right to privacy for all American citizens.”
Reread that. Rep. Hanna voted AGAINST the Amash Amendment. He factually voted the exact opposite of what he is telling constituents he did!
Regardless of where you may stand on the Amash Amendment, or even your political preference, I believe all Americans can agree that a member of Congress should always be clear and honest on how they voted. In 2013 alone, on immigration, late-term abortion, and now the NSA, Rep. Hanna needs to be held accountable.
Did Rep. Hanna think no one would notice?
***Update 4/4/2014 – Rep. Hanna removed the above referenced article prior to 11/21/13. He allowed the article to remain absent from the public record, for unknown reasons, until at some point after February 2014 (the last time that I had checked) Rep. Richard Hanna finally put back the article referenced above. I count that as a victory, as Rep. Hanna can once again be held accountable for what he has voted as opposed to what he has said to the public.***