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 WydenGraham: 2020 candidates must release their tax returns Senate confirms Zinke to lead Interior Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump's intel pick faces Senate | House panel to mark up cyber standards bill 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 PaulGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Overnight Healthcare: GOP looks for ObamaCare path as right lashes out GOP looks for ObamaCare path as right lashes out 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.