The Senate votes this week on whether to give the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history.Posted 09:16 EDT on July 11, 2016
Here are the key senators that could swing the vote either way.
A couple of weeks ago, the Senate tried to sneak a rider onto a spending bill that would give the FBI sweeping new surveillance authority, including warrantless access to browsing history (obtained from ISPs). This measure failed by one vote after thousands of people called their senators using a phone tool we set up at www.decidethefuture.org and 1-919-FREEDOM.
ALERT: Senate will vote again TODAY to warrantlessly monitor your web activities. To stop it, call them right now: https://t.co/rmYPLWwr9u— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 22, 2016
(special thanks to Edward Snowden for helping make this viral!)
Now, Republican leadership is planning to re-introduce the measure (McCain Amendment 4787) and do a re-vote this week. Even though we won the first time, the razor-thin margin means this upcoming vote could really go either way. It all boils down to a few key senators who are undecided or likely to change their minds. Here’s what we know so far: