From: Joseph, Cameron [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 4:52 PM
To: Allen, Jessica
Subject: In-town pool report #2
The pool was escorted into the oval office at the end of President Obama's meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Obama was wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and black and blue tie, seated next to Lynch, who wore a dark blue suit and dark jacket.
The president said the two had talked about "a wide range of issues" including cybersecurity and "counter-terrorism" before calling for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act before PATRIOT Act provisions expire at midnight on Sunday.
"What the USA Freedom Act also does is it reforms the bulk data collection program, a significant instrument that I promised we would reform over a year and a half ago. So we now have Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate that think this is the right way to go," he said. "The only thing that’s standing in the way is a handful of senators who are resistant to these reforms."
Speaking for just under four minutes, Obama called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by name after praising House leaders for passing the bill.
"We’ve only got a few days. Authorities expire Sunday at midnight and I don’t want us to be in a situation where for a certain period of time those authorities go away... and heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who was engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate. So I’ve indicated to Leader McConnell and other senators, I expect them to take action and take action swiftly," he said.
"This is not an issue where we have to choose between security and civil liberties, this is an issue in which we in fact have struck the right balance and shaped a piece of legislation that everybody can support. So let’s go out and get it done," he continued.
Obama did not take questions after his remarks, and Lynch did not speak.
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