President Obama on Tuesday thanked the Senate for “finally” passing a bill to reform the country’s surveillance laws after an impasse caused key provisions of the Patriot Act to lapse.
In a statement, Obama slammed lawmakers for "a needless delay and inexcusable lapse in important national security authorities."
He said his administration "will work expeditiously" to restore the expired surveillance programs "to ensure our national security professionals again have the full set of vital tools they need to continue protecting the country."
Obama said the reforms "will strengthen civil liberty safeguards and provide greater public confidence in these programs."
- Updated at 6:26 p.m.