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H.R.3361: USA FREEDOM Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
Total Cosponsors 152 (80 Democrats, 72 Republicans)
Introduced Oct. 29, 2013
Latest Major Action June 5, 2014
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Bill Summary

USA FREEDOM Act - Title I: FISA Business Records Reforms - (Sec. 101) Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to establish a new process to be followed when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) submits an application to a FISA court for an order requiring the production of tangible things (commonly referred to as business records, including books, records, papers, documents, and other items) for an investigation to obtain foreign intelligence information not concerning a U.S. person or to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.

Requires the FBI to include in such tangible thing applications a specific selection term to be used as the basis for such production.

Defines "specific selection term" as a discrete term (such as a term specifically identifying a person, entity, account, address, or device) used by the government to limit the scope of the information or tangible things sou...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 5, 2014 Select Committee on Intelligence. Hearings held.
June 2, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
May 22, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
May 22, 2014

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 303 - 121 (Roll no. 230). (text: CR H4789-4793)

May 22, 2014 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H4803)
May 22, 2014 The House resumed debate on H.R. 3361.
May 22, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3361.
May 22, 2014 Rule provides further consideration of H.R. 4435. No amendment shall be in order except those printed in part A of the report. At the conclusion of consideration for amendment, the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such further amendments as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule also provides for consideration of H.R. 3361. All points of order against consideration are waived. The bill, as amended by part B of the report
May 22, 2014 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 590. (consideration: CR H4789-4804)
May 21, 2014 Rule H. Res. 590 passed House.
May 21, 2014 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 590 Reported to House. Rule provides further consideration of H.R. 4435. No amendment shall be in order except those printed in part A of the report. At the conclusion of consideration for amendment, the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such further amendments as may have been adopted. The previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule also provides for consideration of H.R. 3361. All points of order against consideration are waived. The bill, as amended by part B of the report
May 15, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 334.
May 15, 2014 Committee on Financial Services discharged.
May 15, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Intelligence. H. Rept. 113-452, Part II.
May 15, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-452, Part I.
May 7, 2014 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 32 - 0.
May 7, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
May 6, 2014 Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Discharged.
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Oct. 29, 2013 Referred to House Financial Services
Oct. 29, 2013 Referred to House Intelligence (Permanent)
Oct. 29, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary