US Senate fails to move forward on NSA reform bill
The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.
Supporters of the USA Freedom Act, in a Senate vote late Tuesday, failed to get the 60 votes needed to end debate and move toward a final vote on the legislation. Fifty-eight senators voted to end debate, while 42 voted against it.
While supporters said the legislation is needed to restore public trust in U.S. intelligence services, opponents said the NSA’s widespread collection of U.S. phone records is needed to keep the country safe from terrorism.