NSA spying bill stalls in Senate vote

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WASHINGTON D.C: The Senate on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance a bill that would stop the National Security Agency from collecting the phone records of millions of Americans who are not suspected of any crime. Senators voted 58-42 in favor of a motion to allow the USA Freedom Act to come to an up or down vote in the Senate. The motion required 60 votes to pass. The bill is effectively dead for this year and is unlikely to be revived when the new Congress convenes in January.

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