From: The Honorable Ted S. Yoho
Sent By:
Date: 3/31/2014

Current cosignors: LaMalfa, Jones (NC), Lofgren, Broun

Deadline: Today at 1pm

Dear Colleague:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently controls the majority of the U.S. Government’s domestic drone fleet. While the principal use of these drones is for border security, we have seen an increase in drone use away from the borders, as well as an increase in lending drones to state and local law enforcement.

As drones become more accessible throughout the country it is our duty as Members of Congress to ensure that our constitutional protections remain intact. That is why I ask you to join me in signing a letter to Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Price of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security asking them to ensure that no funding for FY2015 be made available for warrantless drone surveillance of U.S. citizens on U.S. territory.

The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires that warrants be based on probable cause. While the framers may not have envisioned an America with drones, the principles and protections laid out in the Constitution still endure today. I hope you will join me in signing this letter to uphold the Fourth Amendment in order to protect the privacy and liberty of all Americans. For more information or to sign this letter, please contact Ryan Propis in my office at or 5-5744.


Ted S. Yoho, DVM

Member of Congress