All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘House of Representatives’

Darrell Issa Calls For Another Vote On House Amendment That Would Defund The NSA

In late July, an amendment that would have defunded the NSA’s phone metadata collection program was brought to the House floor. It was narrowly defeated in a 205-217 vote, but now one of the lawmakers who voted against it wants to bring it back. Rep. Darrell Issa, a lawmaker that’s usually pretty good on tech issues, originally voted no on …

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Calls For The NSA To Be Abolished

The NSA has become quite the touchy subject in Washington these past few months after leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s spy programs. The president and those who support the NSA have been on the defensive claiming that the agency doesn’t abuse its powers (it does), while those against the agency have been calling for it …

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House Judiciary Committee Votes In Favor Of Cellphone Unlocking

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Over 100,000 Americans and the White House certainly think so. Some members of Congress think so as well, and the House-backed legislation that would legalize cellphone unlocking is one step closer to a final floor vote. The Hill reports that Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was approved …

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House Wants To Take The NSA Down A Peg With Defense Spending Amendments

Ever since it was revealed that the NSA was spying on Americans in early June, some members of Congress have proposed laws to strip the agency of its power. Those proposed laws probably won’t go anywhere anytime soon though. That’s why some members of Congress are now trying to sneak amendments targeting the NSA into bills that are destined to …

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Steve Cohen’s Long-Lost Daughter Is Not His Daughter

Rep. Steve Cohen has had a rough week. It was only three years ago that he found out he had a daughter named Victoria Brink, but CNN reports that DNA tests this week show that she was in fact not his biological daughter. Earlier this year, Cohen was seen tweeting to a 23-year-old woman that nobody knew the identity of. …

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House Panel Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Amendment

The ECPA amendment that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant when accessing email hasn’t made much headway since the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it back in April. Now the House is trying to make sure email privacy is here to stay with a different strategy. The Hill reports that Rep. Kevin Yoder added an amendment to the Fiscal …

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Justice Department Finally Admits That It Collects All Phone Records Within U.S.

When the NSA spy programs were first revealed, the government told us that it was only collecting records that were relevant to terrorism investigations. Further leaks contradicted that claim, but the government didn’t address it. Now one government official has, and it’s not pretty. The Hill reports that Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that the government collects pretty much …

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Rep. Joe Barton Wants To Legalize Online Poker

Online poker where real money is at stake is in a legal gray zone in the U.S. It was banned in 2006, but the Justice Department allowed states to determine their own online gambling laws in 2011. Now one lawmaker wants to make it legal across the country. Rep. Joe Barton has introduced the Internet Poker Freedom Act into the …

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Rep. Eric Swalwell Wants To Let Congress Vote From Home

Congress is embarrassingly behind the curve when it comes to technology. For example, former Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t know the word “smartphone.” A far more dangerous example can be found in the numerous bills, like SOPA and CISPA, that Congress has tried to pass in the last few years. That’s probably not going to change anytime soon, but one freshman …

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House Lawmakers Want To Stop The NSA’s ‘Incidental Data’ Collection

One of the worst things about the recently leaked NSA spy programs is what the agency calls “incidental data.” In short, it’s data on innocent Americans that gets picked up alongside data on non-Americans. The agency claims it can’t look at it, but the mere fact that they have this information has Americans and lawmakers concerned. The Hill reports that …

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For What It’s Worth, The House Thinks The Government Shouldn’t Control The Internet

Does the government want to regulate the Internet? It really depends on who you ask. Internet freedom fighters say legislation like SOPA and CISPA are thinly veiled attempts to regulate the Internet. The government, however, claims that it’s strictly taking a hands-off approach. The House reaffirmed its hands-off approach in legislation it passed yesterday evening. The bill, H.R. 1580, is …

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