President signs foreign surveillance reauthorization bill into law

Critics of the bill said the surveillance program lacked sufficient oversight and privacy protections for people's email and phone communications.

In a floor speech last week, Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenIntel Committee Dems huddle amid fight over Russia probe Mnuchin aiming for tax reform by August Dems rip Trump administration for revoking Obama's transgender directive MORE (D-Ore.) said intelligence officials have failed to provide estimates on how often U.S. citizens' email or phone communications have been swept up under the foreign surveillance program. He offered an amendment that would require intelligence agencies to report that information.

Sens. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Poll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-Ore.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.) and Rand PaulRand PaulCruz, Lee, Paul demand 'full repeal' of ObamaCare Top House conservatives won't back draft ObamaCare replacement Freedom Caucus chair says he'd vote against draft ObamaCare replacement MORE (R-Ky.) also offered amendments to the bill that were aimed at beefing up the privacy protections in it. All four amendments were rejected last week.

The bill passed the Senate 73-23.