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McConnell: NSA Collection Of Phone Records Makes U.S. Safer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently spoke in defense of the Patriot Act and the NSA's bulk collection of phone data from Americans. On Sunday, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, he said the counterterrorism measure, Section 215, is "an important tool to prevent the next terrorist attack." Other hawkish Republicans such as Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.) conveyed support for extending the NSA program, which expires on June 1.

Last week, a top appeals court passed the ruling that the NSA program is illegal--thereby, putting more pressure on Congress to reform the legislation. McConnell also said, "The nation is better off with an extension of the Patriot Act than not, but we’ll see where the votes go." Moreover, McConnell is against switching the possession of database records from the NSA to private phone companies. On Monday's MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) stated that opponents of the NSA's bulk records collection are "really tying our hands when the enemy is getting much more sophisticated."

In other news, McConnell and other Republicans have been pushing a bill to give President Obama fast-track authority to secure trade agreements. President Obama has also thanked McConnell for helping to push through the nomination of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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