U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary

House overwhelmingly approves bill to curb NSA domestic spying

Dismayed by the extent of the government's post-Sept. 11 surveillance activities, which many of them had previously voted to authorize, House lawmakers Thursday approved new restrictions on the National Security Agency that amount to the most sweeping curbs on domestic intelligence-gathering in a generation.

Even supporters of the legislation conceded that it may not fully end the dragnet-style government surveillance of Americans that generated public outcry after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began disclosing the agency's operations a year ago.

Nonetheless, passage of the NSA reform bill capped a remarkable evolution in Congress, which handed the intelligence...