Obama welcomes passage of NSA surveillance bill
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's gratified that Congress has finally approved legislation reviving and remaking surveillance laws that lapsed temporarily Sunday night.
He says he'll sign the bill as soon as it hits his desk.
Obama says he's been calling for 18 months for reforms to the surveillance laws enacted after 9/11. He's blaming Congress for needless delays and an "inexcusable lapse" in national security tools. But he's also praising some senators and House members for working in bipartisan fashion to come up with a compromise.
Obama says his administration will move quickly to restore the lapsed surveillance tools.
The Senate passed the bill Tuesday afternoon. Typically, it takes a number of hours for completed legislation to be readied and transported to the White House for the president's signature.