Greg Steube Introduces Bill to Abolish Patriot Act

Greg Steube Introduces Bill to Abolish Patriot Act

Republicans move even farther away from the Bush era

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
June 21, 2023

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks over 20 years ago, the United States government has stood by the controversial Patriot Act.  Now, US Rep. Greg Stuebe (R-FL) has introduced a bill to give the Patriot Act the axe.

The Patriot Act, which was passed by then-President George W. Bush, expands the government's ability to monitor the communications of private citizens.  The Act was intended to curb terrorist's ability to communicate, and foil further attacks similar to 9/11.

However, modern Republicans, specifically Greg Steube, find that the Patriot Act is inappropriately named, and is unconstitutional. The bill would also bring an end to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.

"For decades now, the misnamed Patriot Act and the 2008 FISA Amendments have allowed the federal government to trample on the rights of law-abiding American citizens. As the federal government has become increasingly weaponized against its own people, it is imperative we rein in this overreach," said Steube. "We can have a secure nation and retain our civil liberties at the same time."

Congressman Steube is a member of the Select Subcommittee of the Weaponization of the Federal Government. The select subcommittee was established in the 118th Congress to investigate surveillance abuses from the Executive Branch on American citizens and the undermining of Americans' civil liberties.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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