Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fate of PATRIOT Act on the line

The Senate is headed for several key votes on face-saving changes to a popular surveillance reform bill — but resistance is quickly mounting against even those small-scale proposals meant to make it easier for hawkish Senate Republicans to swallow changes to the PATRIOT Act.

As key provisions of anti-terrorism law remained expired, the chief House authors behind the USA Freedom Act — which would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection program that sweeps up Americans’ phone records — warned that the Senate’s changes to the bill won’t fly in their chamber. House Republican leaders warned against making any tweaks to the bill, and the top Senate GOP backer of the House bill said he “regretfully” could not vote for the changes being pushed by his leadership.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/big-day-for-surveillance-reform-118525.html#ixzz3bvxHelWk

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