Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voiced their intentions to mount a filibuster in order to prevent a long-term extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, The Wall Street Journal reports. The senators’ opposition comes as Congress attempts to find the best way to handle the surveillance program, including a potential plan to tack a provision onto a stopgap government spending bill to grant a short-term extension to Section 702. “We think it would be a horrible mistake to not have an open debate on what is described as the intelligence community’s number one priority,” said Wyden. Meanwhile, the House Republicans’ plan to vote on a stand-alone Section 702 renewal bill are dead “for now.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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