U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Obama, Senate make progress on NSA data-collection reform bill

The Obama administration and Senate negotiators appear close to an agreement to strengthen legislation that would curtail the bulk collection of data on Americans.

In May, the House passed a watered-down version of a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.)  to the cut back on the data collected by the National Security Agency and law enforcement agencies from phone calls, emails and other communications.

The administration raised last-minute objections to some provisions in the House bill, raising the ire of privacy groups. Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowed to work on improvements to put some of the muscle...