House narrowly defeats NSA amendment, allowing agency to keep spying on Americans

"National security is of paramount importance, yet the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records violates innocent Americans’ privacy rights and should not continue as its exists today," said Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), a NSA critic and member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, after the vote. "I am urging the president and the NSA to join this growing bipartisan coalition and work with Congress to focus the NSA’s surveillance efforts on terrorists and spies — not innocent Americans."