Telcos look to get immunity if bill passes

House and Senate leaders have reached a deal on domestic spying rules that clears the way for telcos to be granted immunity for their role in the government's warrantless wiretapping program following the 9/11 attacks. The measure is expected to be brought to the House floor as early as today.

Senate Intelligence Committee head, Democrat Jay Rockefeller, said no new warrantless searches would be allowed under the new legislation.

Not everyone's happy with the proposal. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) called the proposal "a capitulation;" Rep. Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, appeared to back up Feingold's assessment, saying the process of granting immunity will be "a formality."

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