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The Hill: Cruz reiterates support for NSA reform bill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday reiterated his support for a National Security Agency reform bill slated to hit the Senate floor next week.

Cruz is one of three Republican co-sponsors of the USA Freedom Act, which would end the government's bulk collection of phone records. He called the legislation essential to rein in what he described as the Obama administration's "extreme" position on U.S. privacy.

"One of the most troubling things we have seen in recent years is an expansion of federal government authority into surveilling American citizens. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act," he said during a speech in Austin outlining his position on a number of technology issues.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) legislation would end the government's bulk collection and storage of phone records belonging to U.S. citizens - including call times, numbers and durations. It would also create new positions for privacy advocates to argue in front of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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