Yesterday, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota issued a public policy statement expressing our disappointment in last week’s vote by Representatives John Kline, Erik Paulsen, and Michele Bachmann against restricting FISA court warrants to individuals under active investigation. Today, in an email to supporters, RLCMN state chair Neil Lynch expounded on the rebuke.
Good people within the Republican Party occasionally ask me, “Why is the Republican Liberty Caucus even necessary? Doesn’t our party already stand for limited government, free markets, and individual liberty? Why does there have to be a separate group to promote these ideas?” The events in Washington last week show one glaring example of why organizations like the RLC exist.
The House had an opportunity to defend the Constitution and roll back government overreach by voting to reign in the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance of U.S. citizens through an amendment offered by Michigan Republican Justin Amash. The amendment was defeated by a close 217-205 vote, and every member of Minnesota’s Republican congressional delegation voted against it and, in effect, voted to allow the government to continue violating our civil liberties.
It’s shameful when Democrats like Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison are better defenders of the Fourth Amendment than Minnesota Republicans. If you live in CD2, CD3, CD6 (and CD7, Petersen voted against it, too), I urge you to contact your representative and hold them accountable for supporting government surveillance of U.S. citizens and ignoring their oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
To learn more about the Republican Liberty Caucus and our mission within the party, visit rlcmn.org.