Earlier this month, the House voted to pass the bill that would have ended the NSA data collection that has been on-going since the Patriot Act. But today, after hearing numerous arguments on all sides, the Senate has failed to pass the bill. The NSA’s data collection program which has made global headlines since it’s exposure, and especially since Edward Snowden leaked information that made him to some, a whistle-blowing hero, and to others, a traitor, has been a source of controversy for the American public for some time now.
Just shy of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill, the Senate’s result was 57-42. Now the Senate will have to scramble again to try to get it passed before by June 1st when the bill is set to expire, but will only meet May 31st so it should go down to the wire. The bill that was passed by the House contains the provision that allowed the government access to the data collected but prevents bulk data being collected from the recordings of Americans making phone calls.
So once again we arrive at the same questions: Are you comfortable with what the NSA is doing? Or is this simply unconstitutional? We’ll hold our breath and see how it goes on May 31st.