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'Defund NSA' amendment will get a vote

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Members of the House of Representatives will vote this week on Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to defund the National Security Agency. Amash, R-Mich., announced the news on his Facebook page, writing, "I want to thank Speaker Boehner for working diligently toward resolving significant concerns over the amendment process with respect to NSA."

Amash's amendment would defund NSA programs that collected data and records from individuals who were not under official investigation. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would be required to provide a statement confirming that the data being collected by the NSA is from a person under investigation.

Concerns surrounding the amendment process were resolved late Monday when the House Rules Committee voted to allow NSA amendments to the Department of Defense appropriations bill.

Previously, the Rules Committee had planned to limit the number of amendments to be included in the bill to avoid controversial amendments like Amash's and amendments regarding Syria and Egypt.

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