Amendment to defund US National Security Agency fails narrowly

(Rep Justin Amash pictured, second from right)

Last night saw an amendment proposed to the latest US defence spending bill by representative Justin Amash narrowly defeated.

If it had been successful, the amendment would have curbed the ability of the National Security Agency (NSA) to snoop on the communications of Americans.

A majority of Democrats voted in support of the amendment (111-82 in favour), with a majority of Republicans voting against (134-94 against).