Senate to Vote on Starting Over Surveillance Powers


Another modification, from Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), looks to improve lawful security for those who are subject to federal surveillance. The third modification, co-sponsored Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), would block Americans’ past computer network browsing from warrantless spying.

All three modifications are anticipated to not pass. Lee predicted that “if none of the amendments are adopted, I think it gets tougher to pass” the fundamental House legislation.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) appeared less confident.

I suspect that in the end, hopefully the product will be the House bill, but you never know until you have the votes,” Thune said.

Attorney General William Barr bargained the House legislation for the Trump administration, but some of Trump’s associates have offered that Trump may not make the bill law if it comes to him.

I think that if it goes to the president without significant reforms, there’s a chance he may veto,” Paul stated, noting that he will “encourage” Trump to not pass the final legislation if it doesn’t contain the changes found in the senators’ modifications.