Demonstrators from organization Code Pink wear toy glasses reading "Stop Spying" at "Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" near U.S. Capitol in Washington

Bill to curtail U.S. domestic spying advances but political fight looms

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted to move ahead on Tuesday with a bill that would end the ability of spy agencies to collect Americans’ telephone records in bulk and install a more targeted system, but a political fight loomed over potential changes to the bill. The procedural vote of 83-14 limited debate on legislation known as the USA Freedom Act but arguments over how to balance Americans’ concerns about privacy and fears of terrorism, which had already held up the bill, could stall it further. Three domestic surveillance programs authorized under the USA Patriot Act, passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have been shut down since Sunday, after the Senate missed a deadline to extend legal authorities for certain data collection by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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