Blunt: America is Safer Because of House and Senate FISA Passage

Legislation sent to president to become law

WASHINGTON , July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after the Senate sent the compromise foreign terrorist surveillance legislation - passed by the House last month - to the president to become law:

"With the Senate's vote and the president's expected signature, our nation will be safer and more secure now than it's been since February - back when the temporary patch of our terrorist surveillance laws expired.

"For years our intelligence community has been working under laws inflexibly written to contend with the threats and technology of a bygone era. Unfortunately we now face a sinuous, resilient and constantly adapting terrorist threat - a threat legislation originally written in 1978 couldn't adequately address without this modernization.

"This update is every bit a victory for our national security as it is a clear blow to foreign terrorists abroad.

"I was proud to be part of the bipartisan, bicameral group that brokered this deal - and glad that we were able to strike the delicate balance of granting our intelligence officials the resources and freedoms they need with strengthening the freedoms of Americans."

SOURCE House Republican Whip Roy Blunt