Libertarian-themed political website Reason.com is reporting that the Amash Amendment has survived the House's Rules Committee process. The Rules Committee voted late last night to allow several anti-NSA amendments to the $598.3 billion defense bill to be voted on this week.
The Amash Amendment, the brainchild of Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan), seeks to defund the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs. Another amendment seeks to prohibit the NSA from collecting data on Americans unless they are under investigation. Both are amendments to the defense bill.
Other amendments to the bill will also be up for consideration including an amendment from Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel to block funding to Syrian rebels (he claims funding is at odds with the War Powers Resolution), an amendment introduced by Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Amash that prohibits the use of funding for military or paramilitary operations in Egypt, and an amendment by Reps. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Adam Smith (D-Wash) that would allow for the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States or elsewhere.
Those looking to put pressure on their representatives concerning the NSA amendments can do so by visiting DefundtheNSA.com.
You can read the actual text of all these amendments here.
Thanks to EZK for the tip.