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July 23, 2013

Reid: Take a look at NSA programs

The House of Representatives plans to vote on cutting off funds for certain National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.

But the effort may not get far in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, doesn't like the process--the defunding is part of a massive defense spending bill.

"What they're doing to defense is really very, very bad.  And they're talking about sending us a sequester number on the so-called CR (continuing resolution) they're going to send us," Reid told a news conference Tuesday.

"I will say this about NSA.  There's nothing wrong at all about taking a look at these programs.  We need as much transparency as possible -- but their real strange way of legislating, which means nothing happens the way they legislate," Reid said.


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