House to Debate Limiting NSA After Snowden Disclosure - Bloomberg
The discussion, to be limited to 30 minutes as soon as today, is being pushed by Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican. His proposal to limit the NSA’s use of funds to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens is opposed by House leaders and the Obama administration.
Amash has proposed an amendment to the annual Defense Department spending measure, H.R. 2397, that would prohibit intelligence agencies from collecting phone records unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation. That would put an end to the NSA’s blanket collection of metadata on calls, such as telephone numbers and duration.
Amash’s amendment has bipartisan support from Representatives John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, and Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican.