The Senate moved a step closer Thursday to re-authorizing key provisions of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) without major changes, rejecting three proposals to reform warrantless wiretapping.

Backers of these proposals argued that there needed to be greater transparency in the federal government’s domestic surveillance practices, saying that large-scale data collection is likely to ensnare the innocent, while opponents warned that extended debate would increase the likelihood of important terror-fighting tools expiring at the end of the year.

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, insisted that the law was working as intended without any need for additional privacy protection amendments.

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