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Vote on blocking NSA phone data collection produces strange alliances, splits Palm Beach County Dems

by George Bennett | July 25th, 2013

An effort to block the National Security Agency from collecting hundreds of millions of phone records narrowly failed in the House of Representatives Wednesday in a vote that saw some libertarian and conservative Republicans join with liberal Democrats against the Obama administration.

Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, voted for the amendment by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., a tea party favorite who’s been likened to libertarian icon Ron Paul. The Amash amendment failed on a 217-205 vote.

Reps. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, voted with the majority to defeat the amendment, as did Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee. Republican and Democratic House leaders — including Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — sided with the Obama administration and voted against the amendment.

In all, 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted for the amendment, with 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats opposed.

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