McConnell Backs NSA’s Domestic Bulk Telephony Metadata Program

Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:10am

The Washington Post reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.”  

“The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act… That NSA program was revealed publicly almost two years ago by a former agency contractor, Edward Snowden.”  

“In filing the bill, McConnell and Burr invoked a Senate rule that enabled them to bypass the traditional committee vetting process and take the bill straight to the floor.”