The debate over reforming the National Security Agency is heating up in the Senate.
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After what some see as a loss in the House, pro-reform lawmakers and advocates are hoping for a comeback in the upper chamber, where they are seeking an end to the NSA’s collection of bulk data from phone calls involving people in the United States.
“All the sides are talking and trying to figure out a solution that addresses concerns on all sides,” one person familiar with talks between stakeholders on the issue said.
Advocates for reform thought they would win in the House after Patriot Act author Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) offered legislation to end bulk collection.
But in eleventh-hour negotiations between House leaders and the administration, reformers say the bill was watered down in a way that could allow bulk collection to continue.