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WASHINGTON, DC - July 09: Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., background, talks to reporters during a break in voting on amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill.  Senators Wednesday were on the verge of clearing an overhaul of electronic surveillance rules after easily defeating three amendments aimed at a provision that would effectively wipe out lawsuits against companies allegedly involved in warrantless spying. President Bush has said he supports the legislation (HR 6304), which would bring to an end a three-year congressional debate over his warrantless surveillance program. The bill would give telecommunications companies immunity if a federal district court determined they received assurances from the government that the program was legal and authorized by the president. According to a Senate Intelligence Committee report, they did receive such assurances. The first amendment, offered by Democratic Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, would strip the bill's retroactive legal immunity provisions. It fell, 32-66. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - July 09: Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., background, talks to reporters during a break in voting on amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill. Senators Wednesday were on the verge of clearing an overhaul of electronic surveillance rules after easily defeating three amendments aimed at a provision that would effectively wipe out lawsuits against companies allegedly involved in warrantless spying. President Bush has said he supports the legislation...
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