Sen. Rand Paul continued to block procedural motions to advance a National Security Agency surveillance bill on Monday, even as he acknowledged the legislation would “ultimately pass,” setting up a cloture vote on the measure Tuesday morning.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came to the floor Monday afternoon seeking unanimous consent to vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the USA Freedom Act, the House-passed surveillance overhaul legislation, but Paul objected, asking for votes on additional amendments.
“It’s time to get the job done on FISA,” McConnell said. “… From the beginning of this debate, I had aimed to give senators a chance to advance bipartisan compromise legislation through the regular order. That’s why I offered extension proposals that sought to create the space needed to do that. But as we all know by now, every effort to temporarily extend important counterterrorism tools, even noncontroversial ones, was either voted down or objected to.”