White House to Congress: Pass USA Freedom Act

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The White House Monday urged the Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act by year's end. That is the bill that revamps the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks about government bulk info collection from communications providers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signaled he wants to take up the bill on the Senate floor this week

In a statement of administration policy on the bill, the Executive Office of the President said the Administration "strongly supports" passage of S. 2685. A slightly different version passed the House last spring, so the House would have to approve the Senate version if it passes.

Both the attorney general and the director of national intelligence have said the bill is a reasonable compromise between the need to collect info to prevent terrorism and the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.

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