Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., comments about the vote on the defense spending bill and his failed amendment that would have cut funding to the National Security Agency’s program that collects the phone records of U.S. citizens and residents, at the Capitol on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – After furious lobbying by the Obama administration and Republican leaders, the House on Wednesday narrowly defeated an amendment to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. phone call records.
But the breadth of support in both parties for the amendment, which lost 217-205, underscored the extent of the disquiet in Congress with the notion that the NSA is collecting information on nearly every call made by nearly every American.
The strongest backers of the measure were an oil-and-water mix of deeply conservative Republicans and some of the chamber’s most liberal Democrats. More.