WASHINGTON Senators who oversee U.S. intelligence issues have approved a plan to scale back how many Americans' telephone records the National Security Agency can sweep up.
The bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee by an 11-4 vote Thursday. It is the latest legislation offered to limit surveillance authorities following the disclosure of documents showing widespread government snooping.
The bill would end some of the bulk collection of the millions of Americans' phone records that are swept up every day. Some record collection would still be allowed but it was not immediately clear how much or under what circumstances.
It also would create 10-year prison sentences for people who are not authorized to access the classified material.
And the bill would increase congressional oversight of intelligence activities.