Obama says 'handful of senators' standing in way of U.S. surveillance bill

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Posted: May 29, 2015 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of legislation.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office that he has told U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of phone data.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)