As I discuss in my question here, in January 2014 the Republican National Committee unanimously passed "Resolution to Renounce the National Security Agency's Surveillance Program", referring to the Bulk collection of phone metadata under section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Yet now, when the PATRIOT act is set to expire at Midnight tonight, it seems like the majority of Congressional Republicans support renewal of the 215 program. (Athough not a sufficient number to overcome a filibuster, which is why the USA Freedom Act, requiring phone records be housed in phone companies rather than government servers, will probably be passed instead.)
My question is, what is the reason for this discrepancy? How is it that a resolution to end the program was passed unanimously by the RNC, when so many congressional Republicans want to continue it? Did something change between January 2014 and now, or is the RNC decision-making process unrepresentative of the views of elected Republicans?