|CONGRESS SUSPENDS HOUSE RULES....
|November 13, 2017|
-- CALL CONGRESS TO VOTE “NO” ON NATIONAL DATA SYSTEM --
VOICE VOTE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY
Congress is suspending rules to fast track a bill that allows surveillance of citizens and students. The House is scheduled to take a vote this Wednesdayon a bill that will create a massive federal data clearing house to merge information which will be shared with various agencies and researchers.
Parents will not be able to opt their children out of this national database.
House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (H.R. 4174) while Senator Patty Murray introduced a companion bill (S. 2046). The bill is based on the report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) fort the purpose ofremoving the ban on lifelong tracking of students through college and the workforce.
During the testimony Americans voiced strong protests about the legislation. Knowing the public does not want this bill, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Republican Trey Gowdy, passed the bill on a voice vote.
Now they intend to ram H.R. 4174 through the House on a voice vote!
Other privacy bills being fast tracked are the College Transparency Act of 2017 and the Student Privacy Protection Act.
The College Transparency Act of 2017 (H.R. 2434), which purports to be transparency about college majors and future earnings, actually will overturn the Higher Education Act’s ban on a federal student unit-record system and establish a system of lifelong tracking of individuals by the federal government.
All students who enroll in higher education will be included in the federal database without their consent or knowledge or even the ability to opt out.
There will be no limits to the data collected – employment, health, military service, financial status, political, religious, marital, criminal. The data will be shared with other agencies to create a lifelong, permanent dossier on each person.
The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157) will further shred the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which was gutted by executive fiat under the Obama Administration, allowing third parties to access personal student information without parental consent.
Corporate researchers in tandem with the Gates Foundation funded Data Quality Campaign want greater access to data under the guise of education research to fatten their already bulging bottom lines.
Although the legislation claims to protect the privacy of the data, evidence already exists that the Department of Education’s data security system is not secure. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) concluded that “almost half of the population of the United States of America has their personal information sitting in this database, which is not secure.”
Tell the House Oversight Committee you don’t want H.R. 4174.
Tell the House & Education Workforce Committee you don't want H.R. 2434.
Contact your member of Congress to Vote “NO” on H.R. 4174, H.R. 2434, & H.R. 3157.
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