Monday, December 11, 2017

House committees pass bill on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON — The House crossed a major hurdle in its efforts to rein in the National Security Agency when two oversight committees agreed this week on a proposal to end the agency's practice of collecting Americans' phone records and the bulk collection of all other records, such as credit card data. The House could vote on the bill as early as this month.

It was the first sign of consensus in the House on the NSA surveillance programs since the spying was disclosed nearly a year ago. President Barack Obama has called for similar changes but is relying on Congress to hammer out the details. Senate oversight committees have yet to agree, which would be necessary before any new law is approved.

The House proposal would strengthen privacy safeguards for Americans' communications that are swept up by the NSA.

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