Senate Republicans Are Scrambling to Save the Snowden Leak NSA Program

Senate Republicans are scrambling to reach a consensus on how to reauthorize critical portions of the Patriot Act.
The US Senate prepared itself for a weekend vote series on a number of measures the same day key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire.
But Republican leaders acknowledged they had yet to reach an agreement that would prevent a lapse, even if momentary, in the National Security Agency’s surveillance capabilities.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, looked increasingly boxed in by his own refusal to cease the NSA data collection programs as they exist today.
McConnell and his allies have set their sights on a two-month Patriot Act extension that would buy further time to negotiate for the continued inclusion of Section 215, which allows the NSA to collect data on US citizens without a warrant bringing into question 4th Amendment rights in the digital age.