This and other key provisions of the Patriot Act must be reauthorized by March 15, or the surveillance authority lapses.
The Democrats’ amended bill would pull the provision’s authorization while allowing and tweaking other other ways the government collects records.
Such a move would sidestep the House’s reform effort and instead push through a clean reauthorization of the program.
Prior to that, the NSA collected phone records in bulk, relying on a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act that a federal appeals court disputed in 2015.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to meet to vote on the product of closed-door negotiations between Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, his counterpart on the intelligence committee Rep. Adam Schiff, Republicans, and the intelligence community.

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