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US House rejects effort to cut off NSA program

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An effort to strip the National Security Agency of its authority fell short in the U.S. House.

The surveillance program was authorized by Congress. It's overseen by a special court. And the Obama administration says it's a key national security tool. Opponents say it is too wide-reaching and intrusive, but their repeal effort was defeated 217-205 in a vote that crossed partisan lines.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch voted for the repeal.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has introduced legislation to strengthen privacy protections and increase oversight of the government surveillance programs. He will hold a hearing on the issue next week.

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