Kinda surprised this didn't show up already:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us...ring.html?_r=0WASHINGTON — A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security breaches last month.
The 205-to-217 vote was far closer than expected and came after a brief but impassioned debate over citizens’ right to privacy and the steps the government must take to protect national security. It was a rare instance in which a classified intelligence program was openly discussed on the House floor, and disagreements over the program led to some unusual coalitions.
Conservative Republicans leery of what they see as Obama administration abuses of power teamed up with liberal Democrats long opposed to intrusive intelligence programs. The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership to try to block it.
Some notes of note:
1. This vote shattered party lines.
2. The vote was the product of an amendment offered by Justin Amash, a new Republican who genuinely opposed big government (a rarity these days) and uses his Facebook page to explain each and every vote he takes.
Amash and I disagree frequently, but if he ran in my district I'd vote for him every time, no matter who ran against him. He is principled and transparent. You never need to wonder how he'll vote on something, he'll tell you how and why.
If your Representative voted "no" to this amendment, you would be wise to consider delivering them a message at the ballot box next year:
Mine did, but I was planning on voting for his opposition next time no matter what, anyhow -- Finger Vote 2014.