Senate Falls 1 Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Browser Histories Without Court Order | US News

Senate Falls 1 Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Browser Histories Without Court OrderPrivacy advocates brace for another vote, say it’s time to flood Senate offices with phone calls.By Steven Nelson | Staff Writer June 22, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.MORESenate Falls 1 Vote Short of Giving FBI Access to Browser Histories Without Court OrderMORESenate advocates for expanding FBI surveillance power, including Sens. Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, pictured, are believed to be twisting arms after a narrow defeat Wednesday. MANUEL BALCE CENETA/APPrivacy-minded senators on Wednesday blocked an amendment that would give the FBI power to take internet records, including browser histories and email metadata, without a court order. But the victory may be fleeting.Just one vote kept the measure from clearing a 60-vote procedural hurdle, and political arm-twisting may soon result in a second vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., switched his vote to “no” to allow reconsideration in the near future. That made the final tally 58-38, with four senators not voting.Critics of the proposed expansion of the FBI’s ability to demand records with national security letters, or NSLs, are urging opponents to flood their senators with calls. There were some unexpected “yes” votes, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who they hope to flip as some of the four senators who did not vote are viewed as tougher sells.

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