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US House votes to continue surveillance programme

US House votes to continue surveillance programme

Washington: The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to continue the collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records in the fight against terrorism.

The chamber rejected a measure to end the programme’s authority. The vote was 217-205 on Wednesday.

Republican Representative Justin Amash had challenged the programme as an indiscriminate collection of phone records. His measure, if approved by the full House and Senate and signed by the President, would have ended the programme’s statutory authority.

The White House, national security experts in Congress and the Republican establishment had lobbied hard against Mr. Amash’s effort.

Libertarian-leaning conservatives and some liberal Democrats had supported Mr. Amash’s effort.

The vote was unlikely to settle the debate over privacy rights and government efforts to thwart terrorism.


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