REPORTED BY THE WASHINGTON POST:
A bill that would end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records won broad support in the U.S. House on Wednesday, but key Republican leaders in the Senate remain unconvinced of the need for reform as a crucial deadline approaches.
The House approved the USA Freedom Act, which would keep vast troves of phone “metadata” out of government hands as well as make other revisions to the federal government’s surveillance practices, on a 338-to-88 afternoon vote. Similar legislation was adopted last year in the House before stalling in the Senate.
Ahead of the vote Wednesday, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said the bill would “protect our foreign intelligence capabilities” and called on the Senate to follow suit.
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