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Wed Jun 22, 2016, 12:34 PM

Senate fails to advance FBI spying bill after Orlando shooting

Source: Reuters

Technology | Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:28pm EDT

Senate fails to advance FBI spying bill after Orlando shooting

WASHINGTON | BY DUSTIN VOLZ

A Republican-backed proposal in the Senate to expand the FBI's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week fell two votes short on Wednesday of the 60 needed to advance.

The measure was a Republican response to the massacre after a push for gun-control measures sponsored by both major U.S. parties failed earlier this week.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell switched his vote to 'no' at the end of the unusually long hour vote to allow him the opportunity to bring it up for consideration again.

The legislation would broaden the type of telephone and internet records the Federal Bureau of Investigation could request from companies such as the Google unit of Alphabet Inc and Verizon Communications Inc without a warrant. Opponents said it threatened civil liberties and did little to improve national security.

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Original headline: Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

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