A key provision of the Patriot Act that allows the NSA to legally spy on our phone records is set to expire soon. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a new bill that would renew it and allow the NSA to continue spying as usual.
Under the bill, Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act would be extended until December 31, 2020. The core provision, which the National Security Agency uses to justify its bulk collection of U.S. phone records, is currently due to expire on June 1.
Not all members of Congressn are onboard with McConnell's bill. A bipartisan group of legislators is working on a surveillance reform bill that would limit the NSA surveillance capabilities.