The House of Representatives voted down an amendment that would have ended funding for the NSA's program that collects data on Americans' phone records. The amendment, which was attached to a defense appropriations bill, was the first chance for lawmakers to take a stand on the secret surveillance program, since Edward Snowden leaked classified documents spelling out the surveillance, including the tracking of cell phone calls and internet traffic. "We understand that Congress, we need to re-evaluate our national security laws but we must examine the best way to upgrade our laws so we can protect American's privacy while making sure that the intelligence community can adequately protect our national security,” Says Congressman Henry Cuellar. The effort was sponsored by 5 house members of both parties. But, it was opposed by the Obama administration, National Security Officials, House Republican and Democratic leaders. Congressman Cuellar says he thinks change will still come. "We felt that this was the best approach to take and vote against the Amash amendment but that doesn't mean that we're not going to be making some changes in the future, we will but we have to do it in a rational way, to protect our communities."