WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers have rejected a measure that would have prohibited the U.S. government from searching the online communications of Americans without a warrant.
The vote came days after the mass shooting in Florida.
An amendment to the annual defense spending bill by Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie lost by a 222-198 vote Thursday.
Massie says a vast swath of emails, text messages and photos are incidentally collected by the National Security Agency and examined without a court order.
But opponents of Massie's proposal say it's false and irresponsible to say Americans are being spied upon by their government.
The House Judiciary Committee chairman — Virginia Republican Robert Goodlatte — says Massie's amendment would block investigators from searching lawfully collected information to determine whether the Orlando gunman had contacted terrorists overseas.