The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to give the government greater authority to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists without warrants.
Lawmakers approved it late Saturday, one day after the Senate also voted in favor of the bill. The new law will go into effect immediately after President Bush signs the measure.
Under the legislation, the National Security Agency will be allowed to intercept telephone calls, e-mails and other communications between foreigners that are routed through equipment in United States.
The legislation does not alter the requirement for special court approval should a U.S. resident become a major target of an investigation.
The measure expands the administration's wiretapping authority for a period of six months.