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Chris Collins votes to continue NSA spying on Americans

An amendment to a defense bill that would have ended the NSA's spying on American citizens was defeated in the House earlier this week, and Rep. Chris Collins was among the members who voted against the amendment.

The amendment was introduced by Rep. Justin Amash, from Battle Creek, Mich., and would have de-funded the NSA program, which gathers data from phone companies on phone calls by U.S. citizens in the hope of uncovering terrorist plots.

The Batavian sent an e-mail to Grant Loomis, spokesman for Collins, and asked for a statement on the vote. Loomis said we could attribute the following statement to him:

“Congressman Collins voted to keep in place the same program that for nearly the last decade has saved countless American lives and thwarted terrorists at every turn.”

There is no evidence publicly available that a single terrorist plot has been prevented by the program, known as PRISM.

We asked Loomis what evidence the Congressman had that the program has prevented a terrorist attack, and he responded:

"He has participated in Congressional briefings on the matter. Chris believes the NSA program is in the best interest of our country’s national security and his vote on the matter reflects his position."

The vote was largely symbolic because even if the amendment would have passed in the House, according to a Washington Post story, it certainly would have been stripped from the bill in conference committee with the Senate, but if it didn't, it would have been vetoed by President Obama.

Mark Potwora
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It just goes to show how Collins is just another Washington hypocrite.....What proof does Collins have that PRISM has stopped one terrorist act..Why do they need such a huge complex in Utah to store all this data....

Robert Brown
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Collins' batting average continues to plummet! Still attributing his pathetic performance to rookie jitters? BOO!

Mark Potwora
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They should also ask Collins how did the NSA do with stopping the Boston bombers...Where was your NSA on that one..

Dave Olsen
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Not to mention he calls himself a fiscal conservative. How much does all this spying cost? I'm sure that's a big secret too. Crony-capitalist.

Mark Potwora
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Stop and think of all these arms of government that we have to protect us...NSA,CIA,FBI,INS,Dept of Homeland Security,Dept of Defense{army ,air force,navy and marines}that is all on a federal level..Plus on a State level we have many levels police protection..Must be United States of America isn't that safe of a country if we need so much protection from others..

Bob Harker
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@ David Belavia. Run against this hypocrite again. Erie county voted fim out once, and will again.

Dave Meyer
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I wonder where Kathy Hochul would have come down on this issue? Hmmmmmm........

But.....sadly she wasn't the right party for the lemmings in this district.

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good by Collins , you will be voted out of office

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