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July 23, 2013

Senate intelligence panel leaders urge House not to defund NSA programs

The Senate Intelligence Committee's top ranking members Tuesday warned the House of Representatives to resist an effort to defund certain domestic surveillance programs.

A vote could come as soon as Wednesday.

“The FISA business records program has contributed to disrupting numerous terrorist attacks against our nation. It has been reviewed and authorized by all three branches of government and is subject to strict controls," said Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., in a statement.

"Since the public disclosure of the business records program, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has explored how the program can be modified to add extra privacy protections without sacrificing its effectiveness. We believe this debate in the congressional Intelligence and Judiciary committees should conitnue and that any amendments to defund the program on appropriations bill would be unwise."

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