The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1. Justin Mitchell reports.
The senate facing pressure Thursday to roll back the n-s-a's bulk collection of Americans' phone data. This after the U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill on wednesday that would end the program. For the second time in a year…the house voted in a landslide move for the new usa freedom act, which would instead give spy agencies access to phone records and other data only with approval from the courts. The strong bipartisan support in the House exerting enormous pressure on senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, to allow a vote on the bill. McConnell and several other high level gop senators have said they would rather renew the existing bulk data collection program, authorized under the patriot act, passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks. The program has provoked outrage as an assault on privacy since it was exposed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled the program illegal. The White House said President Obama supports the Freedom Act reforms and would sign the bill into law. Lawmakers will need to move quickly with the patriot act set to expire on June 1st.