Lawmakers Threaten to Cut Spy Program Funding

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A leading congressman is warning the White House the government's electronic surveillance program violated the law and may not be renewed.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Patriot Act, said in Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing that Congress has serious reservations about the National Security Agency's program.

Sensenbrenner said Congress may not fund the program again next year.

"Unless you realize you've got a problem, that [provision] is not going to be renewed," he told NSA and Department of Justice officials at the hearing.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said as far as he's concerned, the program has already violated the law.

"We never at any point in this debate have approved the type of unchecked, sweeping surveillance of United States citizens employed by our government," Conyers said.

"If the government cannot provide a clear, public explanation for how its program is consistent with the statute, it must stop collecting this information immediately," he said.

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