ACLU Urges Senate Opposition to H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

Document Date: December 17, 2015

ACLU letter to Senate, urging members to oppose the FY16 omnibus appropriations bill with cybersecurity, surveillance, and visa waiver discrimination provisions. The bill, as released on December 16, 2015, contains:

  • Cybersecurity provisions that would create a new form of corporate-supported mass surveillance
  • Discriminatory visa waiver provisions that would codify differential treatment of visa waiver citizens who are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria
  • And a provision that would significantly impact the ability of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to conduct meaningful oversight of U.S. surveillance programs and other covert programs.

In the letter, we urge Senators to – assuming the measure is approved and forwarded by the House – vote “No” when the matter comes to the floor of the Senate if the provisions remain in the bill.