Continuing their pattern of behavior, Democrats in the House and Senate wanted to hold the legislation hostage to the Administration giving up documents dealing with the previous surveillance program.
McConnell, according to the WashPost article, came up to the Hill on July 24 and, according to Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo) "Everybody who heard him speak recognized the absolute, compelling necessity to move."
Nancy Pelosi, on her way to London, or Paris, or Bali or where ever for the August break, announced the portions of the bill were "unacceptable" and promised changes after she gets back from Rome, or Caracas, or Budapest, or where ever.
This, in spite of the fact that "16 Senate Democrats and 41 House Democrats" voted for the bill.
The Administration does not get credit for very many victories. It should take credit for this one. It will not make us safe. It will make us safer than the neo-anti-war Left now in control of the Democratic party.