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The defense authorization bill is giving lawmakers an opportunity to do something this town has not seen in awhile.
Work across the -- the impetus the NSA leaks to congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel has details.
As the house considers amendments that would seek to restrict the national security agency's power to target electronic communications.
And collect and store data lawmakers were summoned to private meetings with NSA chief general Keith Alexander he told reporters who want to give members facts about the program.
For any help inform the debate one amendment being considered would cut off money to the NSA for surveillance of phone records.
The debate really comes down to whether we want to allow the NSA to collect these records or whether we want to.
And -- the funding to -- -- About 100 amendments are being considered with the 512 billion dollar defense spending bill.
-- Republican says a bill to fund the military isn't the right time for this fight.
The tried to change -- programs and DOT appropriations bill.
Where we can't legislate.
Isn't the right way about going about fixing something that's broken a senior GOP member of the House Intelligence Committee says this is dangerous.
I would argue to my colleagues who support -- much amendment petition that will make America less safe -- the risks are that didn't heed of that conversation you let slip things it shouldn't be talked about.
Today Democrat senator Ron Wyden a member of the intelligence committee warned all will live to regret it like if lawmakers don't seize this unique moment to reform these surveillance laws this means that the government's authority to collect information.
-- law abiding Americans is essentially limitless.
Wyden says the Obama administration promised it would redacted declassified -- court opinions to educate the public.
But is not lived up to its transparency pledge his administration agreed with me.
Did these rulings needed to be made public.
In the last four year.
Have been -- The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss say any amendments to -- on the phone program.
Would be unwise.
But that is not likely to stop house lawmakers seeking to squeeze the NSA Brett.
Mike thank you.
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