The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve extending several provisions of the Patriot Act despite failing to pass the same measure early last week. With a vote of 275 to 144 the Republicans sent the bill to the Senate where it will also likely pass. The real issue is whether the final bill will permanently extend the provisions or simply extend them through 2013.
Of the no votes 27 were Republicans.
The bill that cleared the House will extend the lone wolf, roving wiretap and business records provisions within the Patriot Act through December, giving some small hope to those who continue to oppose these measures as unnecessarily intrusive that they can convince Congress to act to shore up the bill without continuing the assault on civil liberties seen since its passage.
After the initial defeat of the measure last week Democrats tried to move the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee which would have blocked today’s vote. The motion would have also added language to the measure stating that investigations of U.S. citizens under an extended authority “shall be conducted in a manner that complies with the Constitution of the United States,” including the Bill of Rights and would have expedited any federal court proceedings involving investigations of U.S. citizens related to the Patriot Act.
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