Senate Backs Bush On Eavesdropping Program

Law360, New York (February 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a major coup for the Bush administration, the U.S. Senate appeared poised on Tuesday to expand the government's surveillance powers and provide immunity to the phone companies that aided President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program.

The Senate voted, 69-29, to end the year-long debate over the controversial initiative, setting the stage for a full vote, which was slated for Tuesday afternoon.

The Senate is fully expected now to reject the set of amendments that sought to curb the government's authority to spy and to...
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