McConnell Introduces Bill To Continue NSA Data Collection

As a means of keeping Americans safe, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a new bill to extend the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone metadata. This data contains phone numbers and times called.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently said he would continue the program if elected president in 2016.

In 2013, the metadata portion of the NSA spying program was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon.

The Obama administration appealed the ruling in 2014. McConnell's bill would extend this part of the spying program, under the USA Patriot Act, through 2020. Senate Republicans put the bill on the fast track through bypassing Senate committees and bringing it before the Senate on April 23.

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The bill would allow the NSA to continue collecting Americans metadata.

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