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house Bill H.R. 5606

Should Information Sharing Between Law Enforcement Agencies and Banks be Expanded Through the Patriot Act?

Argument in favor

This bill would strengthen domestic security by giving law enforcement agencies greater access to financial information related to terrorism, money laundering and other illegal activities.

Lynn's Opinion
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08/15/2016
An honest citizen should not worry about this bill, criminals should. This would be a good step in the war on terror and on drugs, which are often intertwined.
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Connie l.'s Opinion
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08/31/2016
BANKS SHOULD BE HELD VERY ACCOUNTABLE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING FIRST STATE BANK OF BARBOURSVILLE WV HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT .YOU TELL ME HOW THIS IS HAPPENING ???
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Jerry's Opinion
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07/12/2016
Law enforcement needs access to financial info.
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Argument opposed

This bill would undermine privacy rights by letting law enforcement agencies treat domestic criminal cases as though they were dealing with foreign terrorism investigations.

Amber's Opinion
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07/11/2016
This unconstitutional bill is being rushed through without due process. It extends the Patriot Act to things that are NOT terrorist related. Our representatives will have no chance to understand everything in the bill, and by so doing will approve of things they know nothing about. Seeing as the Patriot Act itself was unconstitutional and the powers granted by it had been abused, extending it would be bad and wrong. Vote NO!
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07/13/2016
I think I've had all the Patriot Act I need this decade.
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Alis's Opinion
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07/14/2016
Although this sounds good (as the Patriot Act did,) I suspect this bill is yet another way to invade our privacy & limit the freedom of citizens. The Senate has failed for over a year to confirm the man President Obama has nominated to work in the Treasury Department track of terrorist money. I take this as evidence that NO REPUBLICAN in either the House or Senate gives a damn about our security. What they actually care about is limiting any freedom we might still have left while making life miserable for the President of the United States! If terrorists get gazillions of dollars, what do they care? They just blame someone else!I am so done with the hypocrisy, the flag waving, Bible beating & hatred at the expense of citizens for the personal enrichment & reelection efforts of people who say they have the best interests of the US at heart but clearly only care about lining their pockets! If you really want to help, FIX THE CONGRESS!
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What is House Bill H.R. 5606?

This bill would amend the Patriot Act to give government agencies and financial institutions more freedom to share information regarding illegal financial activities that aren’t related to terrorism.

The section of the Patriot Act the bill addresses is Section 314, which urges law enforcement agencies and financial organizations to share information on terrorist activities and money laundering. If enacted, this amendment would add “specified unlawful activity” to the list of things that law enforcement agencies and financial institutions would share information about.

The bill would also require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to Congress within 120-days that addresses the risks and benefits of the U.S. sharing information with foreign financial institutions

Impact

The Patriot Act; domestic law enforcement agencies; domestic and foreign financial institutions; and the Dept. of the Treasury.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5606

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced this following the ISIS attack last month on the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. In a column in “The Robesonian,” Pittenger noted that in addition to two bills he introduced addressing terrorism, he spent a week in the Middle East strengthening ties with the Egyptian government on the issue of tracking terrorist financing. In a press release from Egypt, he announced that his bills would be effective counter-measures against terrorism.

“The bills we introduced on Tuesday represent an important step for our government in recognizing the various threats we face enabled through various terrorism financing efforts.  Our objective is to enact federal policies to stop the flow of illicit dollars to criminal and terror organizations."

Several members of the House Liberty Caucus, including Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), have raised strong objections to this legislation on the grounds that it will lead to the widespread abuse of privacy:

“Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the government may not conduct unreasonable searches and seizures. With limited exception, a search or seizure is unreasonable if it occurs without probable cause and a warrant. Section 314 of the Patriot Act attempts to sidestep this constitutional protection by treating a domestic criminal investigation like a foreign terrorism investigation, and H.R. 5606 extends the applicability to a much wider range of criminal investigations.”

The Patriot Act has been criticized since its passage in 2001 for providing law enforcement agencies with sweeping surveillance powers. Several provisions in the Patriot Act expired in 2015, although those sections were replaced to some extent by the USA Freedom Act.


Media:

Summary by Eli Wolfe
(Photo Credit: FBI Photosimage / Public Domain / https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8169364)

AKA

Anti-terrorism Information Sharing Is Strength Act

Official Title

To facilitate better information sharing to assist in the fight against the funding of terrorist activities, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Rejected July 11th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 229 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2016

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    This unconstitutional bill is being rushed through without due process. It extends the Patriot Act to things that are NOT terrorist related. Our representatives will have no chance to understand everything in the bill, and by so doing will approve of things they know nothing about. Seeing as the Patriot Act itself was unconstitutional and the powers granted by it had been abused, extending it would be bad and wrong. Vote NO!
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    I think I've had all the Patriot Act I need this decade.
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    Although this sounds good (as the Patriot Act did,) I suspect this bill is yet another way to invade our privacy & limit the freedom of citizens. The Senate has failed for over a year to confirm the man President Obama has nominated to work in the Treasury Department track of terrorist money. I take this as evidence that NO REPUBLICAN in either the House or Senate gives a damn about our security. What they actually care about is limiting any freedom we might still have left while making life miserable for the President of the United States! If terrorists get gazillions of dollars, what do they care? They just blame someone else!I am so done with the hypocrisy, the flag waving, Bible beating & hatred at the expense of citizens for the personal enrichment & reelection efforts of people who say they have the best interests of the US at heart but clearly only care about lining their pockets! If you really want to help, FIX THE CONGRESS!
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    The Patriot Act has given the federal government to much power with to little oversight, it is time to repeal this act.
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    New House coalition fights rise in government surveillance WASHINGTON — An unusual coalition of 13 Republicans and 12 Democrats on Wednesday announced the creation of the House Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect Americans' privacy rights against calls for increased government surveillance in the wake of terrorist attacks. The group named itself after the Fourth Amendment because the lawmakers fear that the government is increasingly seeking the power to search Americans' electronic data without a warrant. They see that as a threat to the Constitutional amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. "In the face of difficult circumstances, some are quick to pursue extreme, unconstitutional measures; the Fourth Amendment Caucus will be a moderating influence that gives voice to countless Americans whose rights are violated by these ill-conceived policies," said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who joined the group led by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Ted Poe, R-Texas. Privacy rights are one of the rare issues that liberals and libertarian-leaning conservatives in Congress have agreed on. Members of the new coalition oppose legislation that would force U.S. tech companies to build "backdoors" into encrypted smartphones or allow federal agents to view someone's Internet browsing history without a warrant. "Members of the House of Representatives from both parties are eager to debate and vote on privacy and surveillance issues that are far too often drafted in secret and jammed through the legislative process under tight deadlines, restrictive procedures, and little debate," Lofgren said. Privacy rights advocates had been making gains in recent years. Their biggest victory came in 2015 with the passage of the USA Freedom Act, which ended the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance of the phone records of millions of Americans with no ties to terrorism. But recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando and Europe have brought a renewed push in Congress to increase the surveillance powers of U.S. intelligence agencies. In June, House privacy rights advocates tried to ban warrantless surveillance of Americans' electronic communications and prevent the government from forcing tech companies to build encryption backdoors. The measure failed even though it had been passed by the House twice before. Later that month, the Senate fell just one vote short of passing legislation to allow the FBI to search Americans' Internet browsing histories and email records without a warrant. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/13/new-house-coalition-fights-rise-government-surveillance/87038428/ “This bill is an affront to the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, because of the expansion of the surveillance state it represents. It takes Section 314 of the Patriot Act, which is supposedly aimed at combating terrorist activity, and expands its reach to numerous domestic crimes that have nothing to do with terrorism.” “Another concerning aspect is the regulatory component of the bill, which would allow the Treasury Department to promulgate regulations to enforce it. This is concerning given that the regulatory state is already out of control. Congress shouldn’t be surrendering even more of its lawmaking authority to unelected bureaucrats. The Treasury Department has already issued regulations that require financial institutions to share information with federal agencies. Because of its expansion of Section 314, more information about financial transactions unrelated to terrorism could be swept up by the federal government.” “Finally, this bill did not go through committee and no amendments can be offered. A bill with such far-reaching implications must be considered under regular order.” http://www.freedomworks.org/content/house-must-defeat-attempt-expand-patriot-act’s-reach
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    The constitution is a definite authority on our individual rights. Attempting to sidestep it by calling suspected criminals the equivalent to terrorists is a gross failure to protect our intrinsic liberties and a stab in the back.
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    Repeal Patriot Act, not very patriotic to spy on own citizens!
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    The patriot act is unconstitutional and should be repealed, not added to.
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    Other's should vote nay because this violates the fourth amendment
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    Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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    This Act is unconstitutional and immorale. In fact the Patriot Act itself is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed. All this illegal behavior violates the 4th and 5th Amendment. It's time to say no against these lawless acts against our sovereignty. Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up ESSENTIAL LIBERTY, to purchase TEMPORARY SAFETY deserve Neither."
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    An honest citizen should not worry about this bill, criminals should. This would be a good step in the war on terror and on drugs, which are often intertwined.
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    How is this even a bill? You realize there's this thing called the 4th Amendment?
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    Absolute not. This will be used domestically and big brother knows more about my banking than I do.
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    Patriot act should be allowed to expire. It is a disgrace to the constitution for the United states and grants far reaching powers to the fed.
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    Trust this country's financial institutions working together with the American government to protect us everyday people? Surely u jest. Nope, don't trust either and sure enough don't trust them together
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    BANKS SHOULD BE HELD VERY ACCOUNTABLE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING FIRST STATE BANK OF BARBOURSVILLE WV HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT .YOU TELL ME HOW THIS IS HAPPENING ???
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    No freaking way. The Patriot Act should go away. The "Patriot" Act goes against the freedoms and liberties of the citizen of the United States.
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    Freedom to do what you wish without limits without tramping the rights of others is what the constitution stands for! You in congress have forgot the very laws that made us a great country. You have regulated and taxes the people into the poor house! This implies more then security it's means giving law enforcement and other government agencies the ability to monitor banking accounts without warrants! This tool will be used for tax collections! A bill that was never ratified in congress in 1913 but has been upheld by enforcing it though the lower courts. This bill would give the IRS free rein over individual accounts of free and law abiding Americans. No I say to giving this misguided and corrupt government any more of our God given rights such as the forth amendment provides. The patriot act is a death sentence to the constitution of our great land and the government has used it for just this purpose!
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    The Patriot Act has gone from something we needed shortly after 9/11 into the "Government Domestic Spying Act. The act doesn't need to amended, it needs to be repealed. Again, that is what the people want, but our politicians know better
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