WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. Senate voted early Saturday to reauthorize a key surveillance law.

The legislation was approved 60-34, with bipartisan support.

Later in the day, President Joe Biden signed the legislation. With that step, the program, known as Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, will extend for an additional two years.

“In the nick of time, we are reauthorizing FISA right before it expires at midnight,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said when voting on final passage began 15 minutes before the deadline. “All day long, we persisted and we persisted in trying to reach a breakthrough and in the end, we have succeeded.”

The program permits the U.S. government to collect, without a warrant, communications of non-U.S. residents located outside the country to gather foreign intelligence. Reauthorization faced a long road to final passage, after months of clashes between privacy advocates and national security advocates.

Attorney General Merrick Garland praised reauthorization and reiterated how “indispensable” the tool is to U.S. Department of Justice. Garland said it codifies "important reforms the Justice Department has adopted to ensure the protection of Americans’ privacy and civil liberties."

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