Budget Deficit

The White House took the rare step of releasing a statement opposing an amendment to a House bill Tuesday night, taking exception to a measure that would shut down significant parts of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.

In the statement, White House spokesman Jay Carney accused Republicans lawmakers of trying to “hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools” and said the “blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.”

The House is preparing to vote this week on an amendment, written by Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., that would cut off funds to NSA if it collects data on individuals who are not under investigation — a move that would effectively shut down the sweeping Internet and phone data collection programs that were revealed in news reports last month.

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