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Nevada Senators Reid, Heller Discuss NSA, ACA Website

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Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid are keeping northern Nevadans apprized of issues in Washington. On Wednesday, Heller spoke with Nevada reporters. He has recently introduced a bill to tighten the reigns on the National Security Agency.

"I think it is outrageous the way the NSA is mass collecting data and it needs to be stopped. I have joined Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing legislation to take a serious look at exactly what they are collecting and why. In all the data they've collected over the years there has only been two FBI cases that it made a difference in. Two. And collecting texts, e-mails and phone messages, it's just too much," Heller said by phone.

Senator Reid appeared on national television last week saying: "We live in a world where people are trying to blow up buildings so intelligence gathering is different than it used to be."

Senator Reid has been involved in committee meetings since avoiding the government shutdown October 17th, and will report on progress December 15th. Meantime, Senator Heller says he hasn't seen a lot of movement toward solving the gridlock in Washington and fears Congress will face the same issues again in January.

And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Senator Reid sings the praises of what the act is accomplishing.

"The 'Obamacare' website rollout was rocky at best and there are a lot of problems that can and will be fixed but we can't overlook the good things it is doing for people in the state of Nevada," Reid said.

"I just feel like there is no way around this other than getting a year's delay, which is what we've been asking for for months," Heller said.

"And I really think that shortly we will see the Democrats agreeing and needing that same time to get the problems worked out."

Written by Erin Breen

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