House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks at a news conferenceon Capitol Hill

U.S. Congress mulls days-long extension of surveillance plan

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks at a news conferenceon Capitol HillBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress may deal with the June 1 expiration of a program allowing spy agencies to sweep up huge amounts of data about Americans’ phone calls by extending it for just a few days, until after lawmakers return from an upcoming 10-day recess, lawmakers and congressional aides said on Tuesday. Although both chambers are controlled by Republicans, leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate have been unable to agree on how to prevent the expiration of provisions of the USA Patriot Act that provide the legal basis for the collection of billions of telephone call records and other business information. The House addressed the issue last week by passing the USA Freedom Act, which ends bulk data collection but replaces it with a system of targeted information retrieval.

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