Congress shouldn't go on vacation until it approves reforms to the current laws on government eavesdropping, President Bush said today. Lawmakers are working on a bill that would update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so that the US could spy on terror suspects overseas more effectively without impinging on Americans' privacy rights, but a deal remains distant.
"Time is short," said Bush, who blamed the impasse on Democratic leaders. He has the constitutional authority to call Congress back into session after declaration of a recess, but a spokeswoman said that wasn't on the table: "We cannot imagine that Congress would leave without fixing the problem." Said Chuck Schumer: "I think we're going to be here for a while."