As House passes surveillance bill, Wyden and Paul vow filibuster

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would extend a controversial government spying power known as “Section 702” for another six years—without new privacy safeguards that had been sought by civil liberties groups.

Debate over the legislation now shifts over to the Senate, where it faces a filibuster threat from both Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

“If this Section 702 bill comes to the Senate, I will filibuster it,” Wyden wrote in a tweet shortly after the House bill passed.

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