Amash vows to fight on to repeal NSA domestic programs

Amash said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlattePoll: Plurality of voters want special counsels for both campaigns Gun reformers search for the next bump stock AT&T wants to probe Trump's role in Time Warner merger: report MORE (R-Va.) is "very concerned" with the program.

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"Chairman Goodlatte is very concerned about this issue. You have Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerIt's time to end big government spying on American citizens Dalai Lama worried US becoming more ‘selfish, nationalist’ House panel to hold hearing on online sex trafficking next week MORE [R-Wis.] who spoke on behalf of my amendment. He's a high ranking member on that committee," Amash continued. 

"Many of the members of the committee were supporters of my amendment, both on the Republican side and the Democratic side, so I think there's a very good chance of getting legislation though that committee," he said. 

The Michigan Republican's effort to pursue legislative changes to the NSA's domestic intelligence programs via the Judiciary panel follows a well-worn path by other members of Congress to institute similar reforms. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyLawmakers, celebs honor Tony Bennett with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Dem senator jokes: 'Moment of weakness' led me to share photo comparing Trump, Obama Leahy presses Trump court nominee over LGBTQ tweets MORE (D-Vt.) was one of several lawmakers who spearheaded an effort to declassify secret rulings by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts that provided legal justification for the NSA programs. 

Senate Majority Whip and Judiciary subpanel Chairman Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe GOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  MORE (D-Ill.) also voiced his support for declassifying the FISA court rulings shortly after the disclosures of the NSA domestic programs. 

Durbin has repeatedly pressed for additional congressional oversight of intelligence and national security efforts from his perch on the Judiciary panel. 

His efforts have focused particularly on those like the NSA programs disclosed in June. 

"I have been offering these amendments for years ... and losing them, regularly," Durbin said at the time. 

"And the two areas I have been focusing on are the two areas that came out last week," he added, referring to the clandestine monitoring of phone and Internet traffic of U.S. citizens by the NSA. 

It remains to be seen how Amash's efforts in the House play out. However, the FISA declassification push by the Senate ultimately fell on deaf ears, with the proposal never making it to the Senate floor for a vote.