Boehner Says NSA’s Mass Phone Data Collection Will End


House Speaker John Boehner signaled his confidence Wednesday that the government will cease its bulk collection of data on millions of Americans’ phone calls, one day after President Barack Obama and House leaders floated competing plans to reform the controversial surveillance program.

“The bill represents a start of a bipartisan conversation about how we maintain our capability to thwart attack while addressing privacy and civil liberties concerns that many Americans have,” Boehner said of the House bill introduced Tuesday, while also reiterating his belief that the programs have saved American lives. “I expect that part of this effort will include the end of the government holding on to bulk data.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) unveiled a bill Tuesday that would allow the NSA..

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