The House Approved The legislation But The Senate May Not Thanks To Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
A federal judge recently ruled that NSA has been breaking the law by collecting metadata from Americans. NSA claims that section 215 of the Patriot Act gave the agency the authority to snoop on Americans in the name of national security. The House recently approved legislation that would stop the snooping, but the Senate is not completely on board with that decision. Senator McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, wants NSA to continue spying on Americans, and some of his Republican allies agree with him.
Even if the Senate approves the legislation as it stands, which is unlikely, NSA could still gather information on Americans through companies like Verizon, ATT and Sprint. Those phone service providers keep records for three to five years, and the government could get what they needed using subpoenas.
The fact that the House and the Senate can’t agree on this one issue is a major problem for most Americans. Americans like Adam Sender oppose the snooping yet our representatives want to continue the spying in spite of what the people want. That defiance is another sign that Congress does what it wants, and then makes phony excuses about their decisions to appease the people.