The loss of terrorism and spy tools would put national security at risk, the Obama administration argues.
The measure would have ended the NSA’s bulk collection of private phone records. Senators aren’t convening again until May 31, just hours before the legal authority for the existing program expires.
The department took seven years to adopt rules that would have protected the privacy of Americans.
Senate remains divided on how to proceed with renewal of bulk phone-record collection program.
Without an extension from Congress by Friday, the agency will have to begin shuttering the program.
The indictment is part of a more aggressive stance by the U.S. to deter Chinese economic espionage.
Apple, Google and others urge the White House to reject measures that weaken data privacy.
Agency says nondisclosure agreements do not preclude police from discussing the equipment’s use.
But the measure may stall because Senate Republican leaders want to renew the program.
The bipartisan USA Freedom Act, the administration said, strengthens the surveillance law’s privacy protections.