Texas U.S. Representatives
9:50 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hall supports NSA limits as Texas GOP split on vote

Rep. Ralph Hall voted for an amendment that would have limited a phone records collection program run by the National Security Agency. The measure failed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The vote was close — 217 to 205 — and it cobbled together two rare bipartisan coalitions. The amendment was opposed by President Obama as well as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). But it was championed by those on the left and right wings of the House, including Democrats and Republicans.

Hall (R-Texas) who represents the Lone Star State's 4th Congressional District, which includes most of Northeast Texas, supported the amendment.

The measure, introduced by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) would have limited NSA phone surveillance to specific targets of law-enforcement investigations, not broad dragnets. 

Lawmakers from neighboring districts were spilt on the amendment. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas 1st, Tyler) joined Hall in supporting the measure.

But other Texas congressmen from around the region opposed the amendment. Jeb Hensariling (R-Texas 5th, Mesquite-Terrell-Canton), Sam Johnson (R-Texas 3rd, Collin Co.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas 32nd, North Dallas-Richardson-Garland) all voted against H.R. 2397.

Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin, who represents eastern Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District, voted for the amendment.