POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bush Admin Plan To Broaden Wiretapping Powers Gains Victory In Senate

A White House plan to broaden the National Security Agency's wiretapping powers won a key procedural victory in the Senate on Thursday, as backers defeated a more restrictive plan by Senate Democrats that would have imposed more court oversight on government spying.

The vote moves the Bush administration a step closer toward the twin goals it has pursued for months: strengthening the N.S.A.'s ability to eavesdrop without court approval, while securing legal immunity for the phone companies that have helped the agency in its wiretapping operations.

Read more on New York Times

Subscribe to the Politics email.
How will Trump’s administration impact you?