U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, found themselves in unfamiliar territory last week when they and other liberals teamed up with tea party and libertarian Republicans in a failed attempt to curb the National Security Agency’s massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans.
Deutch, Hastings and big-name liberal Reps. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, John Conyers, D-Mich., and Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., were among the Dems joining such tea party favorites as Justin Amash, R-Mich., Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in voting for an Amash amendment that lost on a surprisingly close 217-to-205 vote.
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