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McConnell Plans to Join Rand Paul in Opposing NSA Reform Bill

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 06:08 PM

House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will vote against the National Security Agency reform bill in the Senate on Tuesday night, along with his Kentucky counterpart, Sen. Rand Paul.

Paul is one of the primary opponents of the measure, but the two Kentucky Republicans have different motivations for voting against the measure, Politico reports.

Paul says the bill doesn't go far enough, while McConnell says it goes too far and fears it will hurt the tech industry.

McConnell said Tuesday that with the current fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), it's "the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our backs."

"If our aim is to degrade and destroy [the Islamic State], as the president has said, then that's going to require smart policies and firm determination," he explained.

"The programs we have in place strike an appropriate balance between protecting our civil liberties and keeping our nation safe," he contends.

"I think the bill before us would upend the delicate balance completely," the minority leader added.

The NSA reform measure, if passed, will end bulk data collection programs at the federal agency, which became increasingly controversial when they were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The White House said Monday that it supports the USA Freedom Act and has urged the Senate to support it, saying it would "strengthen Americans' confidence."

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House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will vote against the National Security Agency reform bill in the Senate on Tuesday night, along with his Kentucky counterpart, Sen. Rand Paul.
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