Justin Amash will try to derail NSA surveillance by targeting fundsSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 14:10
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash this week will attempt to defund federal programs that led to the covert seizure of millions of Americans' phone records.
Amash, R-Cascade Township, plans to offer an amendment that would financially gut the programs to a defense appropriations bill set to be weighed by the U.S. House.
The sophomore lawmaker on Monday tweeted his intentions to amend the spending bill.
"Most important bill this week: DoD Approps," Amash tweeted. "We can defund #NSA's unconstitutional spying on Americans--if House leaders allow amendments."
Amash spokesman Will Adams said the amendment's language still is being tailored to bolster its chances of advancing to the full House.
The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to consider amendments to the appropriations bill.
That panel acts as a gatekeeper of sorts, with members voting to allow or bar amendments from reaching the full House.