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Sen. Mark Udall votes against Democratic-led NSA reform, pushes for more substance

October 31, 2013 / By The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Thursday voted against National Security Agency reform legislation that prohibits some of the bulk collection of phone and email records, saying the proposals didn’t go far enough to deliver substantive reform of America’s spy agency.

The proposal passed 11-4 out of the Committee. The vote breakdown wasn’t immediately released, though Udall’s office said in a statement he cast a vote against the bill, sponsored by chair California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“The NSA’s ongoing, invasive surveillance of Americans’ private information does not respect our constitutional values and needs fundamental reform — not incidental changes,” Udall said, in a statement. “Unfortunately, the bill passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee does not go far enough to address the NSA’s overreaching domestic surveillance programs.”

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