Carper, Coons vote differently on FISA Amendments Act

Delaware's US Senators Friday were split on a measure Senator Coons claims would give the federal government the authority to eavesdrop on private citizens' communications without getting a warrant first.

Coons tells WDEL News he voted "no" on the FISA Amendments Act, but only after his committee considered and defeated several amendments.

"I serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee--we considered the FISA Act, which is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and considered a number of, I think, modest and responsible steps to ensure that the privacy of law-abiding Americans is not being compromised."

Coons said the main problem with the measure is that it's vague, and subject to widely varying interpretations, depending on which court is implementing the law.

In the end, the bill passed the Senate, with Senator Carper voting in favor of it.

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