House nearly defunds controversial NSA domestic spying programs

The House voted down Justin Amash and John Conyer’s amendment to a defense bill that would have scaled back a government intelligence program for the first time in what must be at least a decade.

H.R. 2399, the LIBERT-E Act, failed 205-217, needing 218 votes to pass. Support and opposition was bipartisan, although it was weighted towards Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

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