Talks on NSA overhaul ‘accelerated’ after House vote, Wyden says

If you wanted proof that this anti-NSA fight isn’t over and has legs, as we say in the commenting biz, look no further than the Senate and Ron Wyden, in the wake of the historic vote in the House on the Amash-Conyers amendment (click to see why it’s historic, even bipartisan, in your grandfather’s sense of the term).

From The Hill (my emphasis and some reparagraphing):

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) vowed to press ahead with bipartisan talks about reining in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) data collections.

Wyden said this week’s close House vote on an NSA amendment had emboldened Senate critics of the NSA’s widespread collection of Americans’ phone records.

“The discussions certainly have accelerated since that extraordinary House vote … You are going to see a very strong and bipartisan effort in the Senate to pick up on the work of the House”” Wyden said in an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program set to air Sunday [July 28].

Do you feel emboldened? I sure do. Stay with it; it’s not over, and our job is to play the game until it is, and not quit before that. Wyden hasn’t quit:

Wyden is working with Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on proposals to amend the Patriot Act and stop the NSA from collecting phone records on all Americans.

He said there is bipartisan interest in the Senate in limiting the scope of electronic surveillance.

The whole article is worth your read. And watch this space, and keep the pressure on. I’ll have both House and Senate lists soon.

Scheduling note: I’m heading out tomorrow for a family event — one of the nice ones — and won’t be posting until I return early next week.


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