— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) July 24, 2013
Update 7:58: The Yeas and Nays.
Update 7:49: CNN credits Edward Snowden with causing the vote.
A coalition of libertarian, liberal and conservative lawmakers pushed for curbs on the blanket collection of those records, arguing that it was too broad and intrusive. The restriction, proposed as an amendment to a defense spending bill, was defeated 217 to 205.
Snowden, a former NSA contractor, exposed details of the bulk phone tracking effort and a companion e-mail collection initiative through leaks of classified information to media outlets last month.
Update 7:36: Some quotes from advocates and opponents.
“We’re here today for a very simple reason: to defend the Fourth Amendment, to defend the privacy of each and every American,” Amash said as he introduced his measure. Lawmakers’ votes, he said, would answer one simple question, “Do we oppose the suspicionless collection of every American’s phone records?”…
Co-sponsored by liberals including Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the amendment represents the first time either chamber of Congress has weighed in on the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Amash warned that “opponents of this amendment will use the same tactic that every government throughout history has used to justify its violation of rights: fear.”…
“The only people who have benefited from the revelation of classified information … the only result is that those who are engaged in Islamic jihad will have been benefited,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). “Those that we seek to protect have not.”
Update 7:21: From The Hill:
The House on Wednesday rejected an attempt to curtail the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities after a furious last-minute lobbying campaign by the White House to defeat the measure.
The House voted 205-217 against the amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), which would have prevented the National Security Agency from using the Patriot Act to collect phone records of individuals who aren’t under investigation.
A majority of Democrats — 111 — voted for Amash’s amendment despite the White House pressure, while 83 Democrats voted no. The GOP vote was 94-134.
Update 7:14 pm EST: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi voted for preserving NSA Surveillance and Patriot Act
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – House votes to continue surveillance program collecting millions of Americans' phone records
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) July 24, 2013
We lost, but by a vote 205-217. That's a win as far as I'm concerned. Biggest rebuke of the Patriot Act EVER.
— Michelle Richardson (@Richardson_Mich) July 24, 2013
The bill to rein in the NSA has failed by a handful of votes on the House floor tonight. The Amash-Conyers amendment almost removed a key provision of the PATRIOT Act.