Capitol Hill (AP) President Bush, back in Washington from his Africa trip, is renewing his push for congress to adopt a senate bill to renew terrorist surveillance legislation that expired last weekend.
Bush is demanding legal immunity for telecommunications companies that cooperate with government eavesdropping on phone calls and e-mails. And he says he sees no prospect of a compromise with house democrats.
The president told reporters flying back with him on Air Force One that failure to provide lawsuit protection for telecommunications companies would make the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorists.
Democratic lawmakers, meantime, say some republicans are refusing to even talk about it. Staffers for democrats on key house and senate committees have been meeting this week to try to work
out a compromise.