MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — United States Senators worked late Friday night and into Saturday morning, but failed to work out a deal on government surveillance programs.
Lawmakers blocked votes on both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the Patriot Act provisions. These provisions allow the government to access private information.READ MORE: 'This Is A Test For Minnesota': Protesters Outside Governor's Mansion Call For Justice In Derek Chauvin Trial
Those for the bill say they will lose valuable surveillance tools if the programs expire. Minnesota Senator Al Franken says the bill will balance security and privacy for the American People.READ MORE: Police Seek Suspect In Fatal Shooting Near George Floyd Memorial
“My belief has always been in order to strike that balance, and for Americans to know if we are striking that balance properly, there needs to be more transparency,” Sen. Franken said.MORE NEWS: As Spring Allergies Spike, Doctors Say Test For COVID As A Precaution
The Senate will meet again on Sunday, one week before the law is set to expire.