WASHINGTON — The NSA surveillance program looks to stay afloat for a little while longer.
Reuters said the final vote was very close with 217 rejecting the limitation of the NSA program and 205 approving it.
The specific amendment that was rejected would have limited the NSA’s ability to collect the disputed electronic information, which shocked Americans when leaker Edward Snowden let the secrets fly. Now Snowden is still stuck in a Moscow airport terminal while he seeks temporary asylum in Russia, which recently imprisoned a leading opposition and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny.
The vote crossed party lines. 94 Republicans joined 111 Democrats in favor of the curtailing amendment while 134 Republicans voted against it with 83 Democrats.
The amendment was proposed by GOP Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and was vehemently opposed by the Obama White House.