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Deadline is extended for wiretap law

January 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The House and Senate approved a 15-day extension of an expiring intelligence surveillance law and the White House backed off a threatened veto, allowing more time to resolve a dispute over the administration's proposal to immunize telephone companies from lawsuits stemming from their cooperation with warrantless wiretaps.

Both chambers passed by unanimous voice votes the temporary extension of the Protect America Act and then left town for a one-week break. The White House gave its blessing Tuesday night to the short-term measure. The surveillance law had been set to expire Friday.

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