Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday night that he would take another stand against what he called “illegal NSA spying.” “Tonight my filibuster continues,” the Republican presidential candidate wrote on Facebook. “See you late tonight – and possibly even overnight.”
Paul, the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, pushed the Senate into the wee hours of Saturday to protest the bulk collection of phone records, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a packed to-do list — finishing trade legislation but getting stuck on the PATRIOT Act issues.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul led a successful effort to block renewal of the Patriot Act early Saturday morning, followed by a deeply divided Senate leaving Washington without taking action on the National Security Agency’s soon-to-expire power to collect Americans’ phone records. Unless there’s a dramatic turnaround, the surveillance powers are going to at least temporarily lapse at midnight on May 31.
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