At the same time the senators pressed the administration to go further.
"This is the start of the end of dragnet surveillance in America," Sen.
The unusual bipartisan alliance of Wyden, Sen.
While awaiting congressional approval for the administration's proposed plan, the NSA should immediately halt further collection of telephone records unless officials have court-approved warrants, the senators said.
"They can stop immediately," said Paul, who is known for his libertarian views. "There's nothing forcing them to keep collecting the data."
"Turn off the vacuum cleaner," Udall said.
The administration said Tuesday that it would seek to end the NSA's practice of storing five years of phone records under a secret surveillance program that was disclosed by former government contractor
The records — which include information about numbers dialed and length of calls but not the contents of conversations — would continue to be stored by telephone companies and made available to the NSA with a court warrant.