This bill has to pass the Senate and then Hussein Obama. Should it pass those two hurdles, who would trust the NSA to stop their games anyway? There is no mention of cutting back funding. Skeptical be my middle name.

House votes to shut down NSA phone-snooping

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, the House on Thursday approved a bill to cancel the government’s bulk-data collection programs, including the NSA’s phone-records snooping.

after the program was first revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden, the 303-121 vote to halt bulk data collection shows just how quickly a consensus developed against the NSA’s secret program.

“This is the end of secret laws,” said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the author of the original Patriot Act, who said he felt betrayed by the way the government used that law. “We have turned the tables on the NSA, and say we are watching you — and we will.”

But the bill is far less than civil liberties groups had wanted, and does still allow the National Security Agency to collect data under court order in certain conditions involving foreign agents — conditions that some lawmakers said they are afraid the NSA will distort to ramp up its bulk collection to again grab information on Americans.

Thursday’s vote is a first, major step for Congress. The Senate will have to approve the bill as well, and it would then go to President Obama. But even Mr. Obama, who for most of his administration approved and oversaw bulk collection, has changed his stance.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the White House said it “strongly supports” the bill curbing Mr. Obama’s powers.

“The bill ensures our intelligence a

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  • Description: This bill has to pass the Senate and then Hussein Obama. Should it pass those two hurdles, who would trust the NSA to stop their games anyway? There is no mention of cutting back funding. Skeptical be my middle name. House votes to shut down NSA phone-snooping In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, the House on Thursday approved a bill to