Congress to decide whether to renew “Patriot Act”

Congress has to vote by June 1st

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency's controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the latest version of a bill known as the USA Freedom Act by a bipartisan vote of 25 to 2. The measure seeks to codify President Barack Obama's proposal to end the NSA's collection of domestic calling records. It would allow the agency to request certain records held by the telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(WWLP) – Congress is debating the authority of the NSA to catch terrorists through phone records.

The “Patriot Act” is about to lapse, and Congress has ten days to decide whether to renew it.

The “Patriot Act” allows the government to collect your electronic data and communication information in the name of national security. Some people feel it’s too invasive. Others say it’s part of the price of freedom.

“For the safety of the people that live in this country, you give up a little bit, you gain a lot,” said David Singer of West Springfield. “Especially with all the terrorist activity hitting home, more so now than ever. Especially with ISIS.”

Congress has to vote by June 1st.

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