For immediate release | May 13, 2015

Libraries say "nothing less" to USA FREEDOM, "nothing more" on Patriot Act extensions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, released the following statement responding to today’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) in the U.S. House:

"The American people, through their House, have spoken and their message for the U.S. Senate is clear: the bulk surveillance of Americans’ library, phone, internet and other records must end and end now. The American Library Association strongly supports passage of the USA FREEDOM Act as just passed by the House—nothing less. As to extending Section 215 and other expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act without the USA FREEDOM Act’s reforms, our position is equally simple—nothing, not a minute, more."

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office