Narrow Defeat: Amash Amendment to Block NSA Surveillance Fails ~ Antiwar

The Obama administration has pleaded for Congress to scrap curbs on the power of the NSA by Jason Ditz

The administration got its first taste of the growing American opposition to NSA surveillance and its impact on Congress today, when despite overwhelming opposition from both parties leadership, the White House and heavy lobbying by the NSA, Rep. Justin Amash (R – MI) brought the matter of telephone surveillance to a vote.

The amendment failed, unfortunately, but the 205-217 vote showed that many in the House were willing to buck party leadership in favor of the American public’s demands to see the NSA powers curbed.




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