WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - 7th District Republican Congressman Tim Walberg was on the winning side Wednesday when a measure pushed hard by fellow G-O-P Michigan Representative Justin Amash went down to a close defeat. It was an effort led by Amash to curb the National Security Agency’s anti terrorist surveillance program. has fallen short in the U.S. House.
Amash put together a coalition of Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats to try and curb the program which he says invades the privacy of private citizens. But Michigan’s Mike Rogers, chair of the House Intelligence Committee and also a Republican, says the program only captures numbers, screening for calls to terrorists. The vote was 217 no and 205 yes.
The White House sent several security officials to hold closed door briefings with representatives to convince them of the value of the program.