|Dear Friend,This week the House of Representatives made a huge step in the right direction when the Email Privacy Act passed out of the House with a unanimous vote. This legislation will amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, making it so the government cannot access your email and text messages without a warrant- something they have previously been able to do without a warrant.
It is incredible to believe that the last time we updated digital privacy laws, the movie Top Gun was in theatres. It is absolutely vital that the laws surrounding the advancements in technology be updated, especially since Americans send over one billion text messages per year, not to mention more than 232 million Americans send at least one email a month.
This law will restore American citizens’ rights under the Fourth Amendment and uphold the United States Constitution. I am incredibly proud to have supported and cosponsored this legislation. To learn more about the Email Privacy Act, click here to read my blog on this issue.
Striving for Change
On Thursday night, I had the chance to attend and speak at the Cuba Consortium and Cuba Working Group Reception. At this event, I spoke about my legislation, the Cuba Trade Act of 2015, and about the progress that has been made thus far.
I believe that the time has come for a change in our policy with Cuba; so that we may improve relations within the region, introduce free trade and democracy to the Cuban people, as well as create new opportunities for U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs.
Veterans Voices Nominations
This year, I once again have the privilege of helping nominate individuals for the prestigious Veterans Voice Awards. This award honors veterans who have served and have made lasting contributions to their communities.
(Rep. Emmer with 2015 recipient, Scott Glew)
This award is part of the Humanities Center Veterans Voices Program and calls attention to the unique and inspiring stories of veterans throughout Minnesota. All nominations must be submitted by June 3rd, 2016. To learn more about the Veterans Voices awards and how to nominate, click here.
In Case You Missed It…
Last week, I introduced a new piece of legislation entitled the Firearm Due Process Protection Act. This legislation will protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens by ensuring that Americans are able to correct false information that causes the federal government to deny their right to own a firearm.
Currently the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) provides for an appeal process if an individual is denied a firearm because of inaccurate information. However, in January, the FBI halted the appeals process all together. My legislation would require that a determination be made on an appeal within sixty days, restoring both the Second Amendment and the right of due process. To learn more, click here.
Once again, thank you for staying updated on the work I am doing both in Washington D.C. and in Minnesota. Until next week…