Obama invites lawmakers to discuss NSA concerns

AP News
Posted: Jul 31, 2013 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is inviting a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House Thursday to discuss their concerns about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

A White House official says the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate intelligence panels will attend. So will Democrats Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon, two senators raising the alarm about the NSA's sweeping domestic programs. Two others calling for more NSA oversight, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, will also attend.

A Senate official says the White House initiated the meeting.

The officials demanded anonymity because the meeting hasn't been publicly announced.

The meeting comes as lawmakers concerned about privacy are pushing to rein in the NSA's authority. Obama's national security team is arguing to keep its surveillance powers intact while acknowledging some limitations appear inevitable.