House narrowly defeats NSA amendment, allowing agency to keep spying on Americans


After an unexpected and widely-supported bipartisan effort to rein in the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance powers, an amendment which would have stopped the agency from collecting the phone records of millions of Americans was narrowly defeated in a 205 to 217 vote in the House of Representatives.

Led by Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, the amendment was attached to an annual defense budget bill, seeking to defund the NSA’s “ongoing, daily” collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The effort had gathered an impressive outpouring of support from both sides of the aisle after passing the House Rules Committee on Monday, causing panicked responses from the Obama administration and the…

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