Justin Amash

One of Rep. Justin Amash’s birthday wishes doesn’t come true after cybersecurity bill passes

by Zane McMillin | MLive.com  |  published on April 19, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gifts from friends and fellow lawmakers aside, Rep. Justin Amash’s 33rd birthday hit a speed bump Thursday after a cybersecurity bill he was ardently against cleared the House of Representatives.

Amash, R-Cascade Township, had spent the week railing against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, ahead of its ultimate passage by a 288-127 vote.

Despite attaching one amendment to the bill exempting certain personal documents, like medical records and tax returns, from use under CISPA, Amash voted against what he has called a threat to privacy.

“The bill threatens our due process rights protected under the Fourth Amendment and prohibits companies from guaranteeing your privacy,” Amash wrote on Facebook before the vote, where he implored supporters to urge their own representatives to vote it down.

CISPA, whose main sponsor is Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers of Howell, is designed to quash legal liability for companies who share cyberthreat information with the government.

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