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Critics of the National Security Agency (NSA) are increasingly confident that they will pick up a trio of votes they need to get their reform bill across the finish line, following an after-midnight voting series a week ago that forced the Senate into overtime.
When lawmakers meet on Sunday evening, they will have just hours to save expiring parts of the Patriot Act that many have said are crucial to defending national security.
That prospect may force a handful of Republicans to switch their votes and support the USA Freedom Act, if it’s the only way to preserve the three parts of the counterterrorism law.