House Defeats Amendment Curtailing NSA Spy Program

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly rejected an amendment to its defense spending bill that would have curtailed the National Security Agency's ability to collect broad swaths of information from its controversial phone surveillance program.

The amendment proposed by Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and John Conyers, D-Mich., was defeated 205-217 after an evening debate that saw a mix of Democrats and Republicans supporting either side. Talk of the amendment set the Hill in a frenzy Wednesday and drew a rare rebuke from President Barack...
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