WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers called on Sunday for a review of the government’s monitoring of phone and Internet activities, and one Democrat urged a reopening of the Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001 law that gave intelligence agencies broader surveillance powers.
President Barack Obama’s administration has come under criticism after the disclosure that the super-secret National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data from private companies on phone calls and emails.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic senator called on Sunday for a review of the Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001, law that gave U.S. intelligence agencies broader powers of data surveillance, after disclosures the government has been collecting massive amounts of data on phone and Internet activities.
Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Intelligence Committee, said he thought another look at the law was warranted as reports of the data collection stirred a debate over privacy rights in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte on Sunday threw her support behind a sweeping U.S. immigration bill, calling it a “thoughtful” reform that would ease the burden of illegal immigration and allow companies to more easily hire qualified workers.
Support from Ayotte, who has been courted by the bill’s backers, could pave the way for other Republicans to endorse the measure in the Senate, where a vote is expected by the end of June.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic senator called on Sunday for a reopening of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, the post-September 11, 2001, law that gave intelligence agencies broader powers of data surveillance, after disclosures the government has been collecting massive amounts of data on phone and Internet activities.
Senator Mark Udall of Colorado said he thought a review of the law was warranted as reports of the data collection stirred a debate over privacy rights in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul, a conservative Republican whose vote is being courted by supporters of a broad U.S. immigration bill, said on Sunday he is open to voting for the measure but wants changes, including tougher border security requirements.
Paul, who has hinted at an interest in running for president in 2016, in March backed the concept of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that is at the heart of a comprehensive immigration bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two leading Republican senators on Wednesday unveiled proposals requiring much tighter security on the U.S.-Mexico border before undocumented immigrants could gain legal status under the broad immigration bill the Senate is considering.
The two separate amendments by John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, and Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential contender, are likely to draw fire from many Democrats who have said such provisions would erode the path to citizenship at the heart of the White House-backed bill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The second-ranking Senate Republican on Wednesday unveiled a proposal to significantly tighten security on the U.S.-Mexico border before giving undocumented workers legal status in the broad immigration bill being considered in the U.S. Senate.
The proposal from Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a skeptic of the bill that would grant legal status to some 11 million undocumented immigrants, would require the Department of Homeland Security to have surveillance over the entire U.S.-Mexico border and meet a benchmark of apprehending at least 90 percent of people trying to cross the border illegally.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health benefits and taxes for undocumented foreigners emerged on Tuesday as thorny issues in the U.S. immigration debate as the Senate prepared to consider changes to a sweeping bill next week.
A bipartisan group of senators are courting Republicans in hopes of reaching the minimum of 60 votes needed for passage. The centerpiece of the bill is a provision to grant legal status and a 13-year path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants, provided they pay fines totaling $2,000 and back taxes the government says they owe.
WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco
Rubio’s repeated criticism of parts of the sweeping U.S.
immigration bill he helped craft has unsettled immigration
reform advocates and others who support its passage.
Rubio, a Cuban-American lawmaker from Florida seen as a
possible 2016 presidential contender, has consistently defended
the bill’s centerpiece – providing legal status for roughly 11
million undocumented immigrants.
WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel on
Tuesday approved legislation to give millions of illegal
immigrants a path to citizenship, setting up a spirited debate
next month in the full Senate over the biggest changes in
immigration policy in a generation.
President Barack Obama, who has made enactment of an
immigration bill one of his top priorities for this year,
praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s action, saying the bill
was consistent with the goals he has expressed.