U.S. senator begins bid to block extension of bulk data collection

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Posted: May 20, 2015 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul began giving a speech on Wednesday to block a vote on any legislation that would extend U.S. spy agencies' collection of Americans' telephone data.

Under Senate rules, Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, can stay on the Senate floor and speak without interruption until midnight, when the next legislative day begins.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan; Editing by Susan Heavey)