Some NSA Surveillance Programs Lapse as Rand Paul Doesn’t Relent

Three key U.S. spy programs, including NSA bulk surveillance programs, expire after Sen. Rand Paul blocked requests to extend provisions of the USA Patriot, and is blocking expedited consideration of the House-passed USA Freedom Act.

  • Paul said the House bill, H.R. 2048, eventually “will pass
    • Paul earlier: “We can’t abide this”; “This is the tip of the iceberg”; “People say how will we protect ourselves without these programs? How about using the constitution!”
    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blames delay on “determined opposition from those who simply wish to end this counterterrorism program altogether”
  • Paul’s delays prompted sharp rebukes from other Senate Republicans, incl. John McCain, the 2008 presidential nominee
  • “I think he obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation”
  • Senate earlier advanced the bill by vote of 77-17 with 60 votes needed
    • What’s Next in the Senate
  • Paul allies Reps. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Justin Amash, R-Mich., were in Capitol to deny any potential House session
    • “There can’t be unanimous consent if one person objects”: Massie; Amash: “And we would object”

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