With key provisions of the Patriot Act expiring on June 1, the push for action comes ahead of a looming deadline for legislative action, when Congress breaks for Memorial Day recess on May 21. The coalition is asking that these authorities, particularly Sections 215 and 214, not be renewed without strong, meaningful reforms. 

“Our broad, diverse, and bipartisan coalition believes that the status quo is untenable and that it is urgent that Congress move forward with reform,” the letter continues. Individuals can add their name to the letter, addressed to House and Senate leadership, here.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Amie Stepanovich, U.S. policy manager for the digital rights group Access, another signatory of the letter, said that ending bulk collection under Sections 215 and 214 “is necessary in order to ensure that hundreds of millions of innocent users aren’t caught in a surveillance dragnet that would provide the government a continuing series of snapshots of the most intimate details of their private lives.”

Also noting that additional reforms are important in order to protect the rights of both U.S. citizens and the global community, Stepanovich said, “It is hard to see how such a program can exist in a democratic government—it must end now.” 

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