US Senate Blocks House-Passed Surveillance Bill

The US Patriot Act May 31 expiration date inched closer as the Senate blocked an extension of the government surveillance program early Saturday.
The Senate got could not agree on a House-passed provision to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell favored retaining the program, but fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul, a Republican presidential contender, blocked any extension — no matter how brief — past the midnight May 31 expiration.