Obama signs bill remaking NSA phone records program

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, to call for the 28 classified pages of the 9-11 report to be declassified. Paul has been voicing his dissent in the Senate against a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has signed legislation reviving and reshaping surveillance laws that expired temporarily Sunday night.

The White House says Obama signed the bill late Tuesday evening, hours after the Senate gave its final approval.

Obama says in a statement that he’s gratified Congress finally approved the bill. He says his administration will move quickly to restore the lapsed surveillance tools.

The law eliminates the National Security Agency’s bulk phone-records collection program and replaces it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands.

Obama had blamed Congress for needless delays and an “inexcusable lapse” in national security tools. But he also praised some senators and House members for working in bipartisan fashion to come up with a compromise.

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