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House votes to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, February 14, 2011 21:53 EDT
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The US House of Representatives voted Monday to extend controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.

By a vote of 275 to 144, the House passed a 10-month extension of three USA PATRIOT Act surveillance powers that were set to expire at the end of February.

An earlier vote failed when it did not obtain a two thirds majority.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), extends the roving wiretap provision, the “lone wolf” measure and the “library records” provision. The provisions allow authorities to conduct surveillance without identifying the person or location to be wiretapped, permits surveillance of “non-US” persons who are not affiliated with a terrorist group, and lets the government gain access to “any tangible thing” during investigations, respectively.

“I cannot support this extension when the House has done nothing to consider these provisions, or possible reforms, or even to hold a hearing or a markup,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said on the House floor Monday. “While in the past, Members have had the opportunity to receive classified briefings, we have dozens of new Members who have received no such briefings.”

When the act was first signed into law, Congress put in some “sunset” provisions to quiet the concerns of civil libertarians, but they were ignored by successive extensions. Unfortunately, those concerns proved to be well founded, and a 2008 Justice Department report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant.

The only real sign of strong opposition to the act was in 2005, when a Democratic threat to filibuster its first renewal was overcome by Senate Republicans.

The bill, known as HR 514, will now head to the Senate, which already has three bills of its own pending.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to the Senate in January that would extend expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act while increasing judicial oversight of government surveillance powers. Another bill, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would extend the provisions for three more years. The third bill, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would make the three provisions permanent.

“It has been nearly a decade since the Patriot Act was passed and our lawmakers still refuse to make any meaningful changes to this reactionary law,” ACLU Legislative Counsel Michelle Richardson said in a statement. “The right to privacy from government is a cornerstone of our country’s foundation and Americans must be free from the kind of unwarranted government surveillance that the Patriot Act allows. If Congress cannot take the time to insert the much needed privacy safeguards the Patriot Act needs, it should allow these provisions to expire.”

Of the 144 votes against the House bill, 26 came from Republicans. Sixty-five Democrats voted for it.

“I believe the American people have a legitimate fear of out-of-control government,” California Republican Dana Rohrabacher said. “And yes, they have a legitimate fear of out-of-control prosecutors and out-of-control spy networks.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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  • gypski®

    I wonder who was giving out the free blow job tickets to get the necessary number of votes. Representation my ass.

  • hourglass1

    gawd, i love the smell of freedom in the morning …

  • Anonymous

    My elected official voted against this stupidity. He will get my vote in the next election.

    How well did you choose your official? Did they vote to uphold your freedom or did they cave?

    This is what matters! If your leader failed you, get angry. Write a letter. YOU have to Do Something, your elected official has demonstrated that he doesn’t care about you.

  • Anonymous

    Democratic party leadership voted against this nightmare.

    See how your leader voted:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-36&sort=name

    If your Democratic representative voted for this, they are traitors to their own party. Shameless asshats sacrifice your freedom so that they can have bragging rights. Show them how you feel and get rid of them. Replace them with people who will honor your freedom.

    What’s even worse are the ones who did not vote at all. They are truly horrible, taking representation away from their constituents. Vote them out.

  • nycplayboy78

    Well that just sucks balls….

  • nycplayboy78

    Oh snap =D

  • Anonymous

    If they’re following everyone….won’t that make the traffic worse?

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Guess we should be voting out Obama then because in 2006 Obama voted in favor of the March 2, 2006 Patriot Act Reauthorizing Act. Paul and Kucinich have alway been against it.

    http://educate-yourself.org/cn/patriotact20012006senatevote.shtml

  • Anonymous

    Could somebody confirm if the US flag is still flying over the Capitol, or does it have a picture of a hammer and sickle on it?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    We are now worse than the Communists.

  • Anonymous

    You go that right. Anyone who voted for this liberty stealing piece of trash doesn’t deserve to be in office.

  • Guest

    So much for the Teabaggers and their Libertarian streak. How long did it take for these butt-wipes to join the conga line?? America is dead. If we think it is Ok to spy on anyone for any reason, America is DEAD.

    When I was a kid, we used to make fun of how suppressed the Soviet Union was, who had no freedoms because every one knew there phones were being tapped. What’s the difference?? America is DEAD.

    Welcome to the plutocracy.

  • Iconoclasm

    FUCKING CRIMINALS!! Sensenbrenner is on my list as well as all those other traitors who voted for the continuation of this crap!

  • Iconoclasm

    Her’s the vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll029.xml

    Like I said, anytime voting infringes on the rights of another, it is a CRIMINAL ACT!

    How many men does it take to vote the panties off of an unwilling woman? One, ten. a hundred? Oh if a million say your wife, sister, mother or daughter should do so, does that make it okay?

    WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?

  • Anonymous

    What good does judicial oversight do. The judges are owned by the oligarchy. The judges have their own secret court, not unlike a star chamber. Elements of a police state. Total surveillance, national police force(Blackwater), no recourse(due process effectively eliminated). The hammer is coming down soon.

  • Guest

    No…it’s dollar sign.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the White House wanted this…..

  • Anonymous

    we need to know which Democrats voted for the extension so we can vote them out of office.

  • Anonymous

    Chris Gibson, a new rep (R) from my district, voted against it twice. He didn’t buckle.
    Thanks Chris.

  • Guest

    Thanks a lot, Democrats and Republicans! Thanks for treating the American citizenry like we are the enemy! You all suck.

  • Anonymous

    try pelosi and hoyer.

  • Anonymous

    Another criminal act by a corrupt Government beholden to their masters, the powers to be will be ready for the people when we take to the streets like the middle east.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    The proper title for this act is the Enabling Act. It was first passed in Germany in the 1930s.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    Actually they have replaced it with the republicon flag. The red one with the white circle and swastika in the middle.

  • http://twitter.com/mujaku mujaku

    The Patriot Act was intended to suspend the Constitution. There were no terrorists on 9/11 except the U.S. government that murdered 3,000 of its citizens. That U.S. citizens still believe the lie of 9/11 is astonishing. It just shows how brainwashed Americans really are.

  • Anonymous

    It is clear that Democracy does not prevail in America.

    Renewal of the Patriot Act is a betrayal of everthing America stands for.

    If you do not believe in yourselves then why should anyone else do so.

    Shame! Shame!

    Perhaps America needs some of Egypts revolution!

  • Anonymous

    Once you have these kinds of laws, it’s very difficult to roll them back. Why? Well, 1. No one wants to be ‘weak on terrorism’ and 2. No one wants to stand in the way of the ‘war on terror’ gravy train…

    Thank you Reich-wing Repiglican party for giving us this wonderful stuff. Yes, complicit and corrupt Dems are out there, but as you can see from the vote, it’s Repiglican-lead all the way. From the beginning (9-11 hysteria) to now. They use this stuff to beat up on Dems, as being not ‘strong enough on security’, not ‘serious enough’…

  • Anonymous

    Even more so Repiglicans. See the vote totals. This has been Repiglican-lead since 9-11…

  • Anonymous

    Here’s who voted NO. Love em or hate em day to day, at least on this day they voted FOR the Constitution and the people.-
    Rep. Justin Amash [R, MI-3]
    Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1]
    Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2]
    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6]
    Rep. Karen Bass [D, CA-33]
    Rep. Xavier Becerra [D, CA-31]
    Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28]
    Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1]
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3]
    Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1]
    Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]
    Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]
    Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3]
    Rep. John Campbell [R, CA-48]
    Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]
    Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8]
    Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7]
    Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]
    Rep. David Cicilline [D, RI-1]
    Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11]
    Rep. Hansen Clarke [D, MI-13]
    Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1]
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5]
    Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6]
    Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9]
    Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14]
    Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
    Rep. Joseph Crowley [D, NY-7]
    Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7]
    Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]
    Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4]
    Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1]
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3]
    Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL-19]
    Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15]
    Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25]
    Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14]
    Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2]
    Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4]
    Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]
    Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17]
    Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14]
    Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17]
    Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2]
    Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51]
    Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R, PA-8]
    Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]
    Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11]
    Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10]
    Rep. Chris Gibson [R, NY-20]
    Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20]
    Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9]
    Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9]
    Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29]
    Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]
    Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D, HI-1]
    Rep. Dean Heller [R, NV-2]
    Rep. James Himes [D, CT-4]
    Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]
    Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2]
    Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12]
    Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15]
    Rep. Randy Hultgren [R, IL-14]
    Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2]
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]
    Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15]
    Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4]
    Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30]
    Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9]
    Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5]
    Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1]
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]
    Rep. Raúl Labrador [R, ID-1]
    Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1]
    Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9]
    Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5]
    Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2]
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16]
    Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3]
    Rep. Connie Mack [R, FL-14]
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14]
    Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24]
    Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7]
    Rep. Doris Matsui [D, CA-5]
    Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]
    Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4]
    Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7]
    Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3]
    Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6]
    Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2]
    Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7]
    Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]
    Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8]
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8]
    Rep. Grace Napolitano [D, CA-38]
    Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2]
    Rep. John Olver [D, MA-1]
    Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23]
    Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6]
    Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4]
    Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14]
    Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10]
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8]
    Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1]
    Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2]
    Rep. David Price [D, NC-4]
    Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15]
    Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0]
    Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37]
    Rep. Cedric Richmond [D, LA-2]
    Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1]
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46]
    Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34]
    Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1]
    Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17]
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D, CA-47]
    Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39]
    Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3]
    Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9]
    Rep. Robert Schilling [R, IL-17]
    Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5]
    Rep. David Schweikert [R, AZ-5]
    Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3]
    Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16]
    Rep. Brad Sherman [D, CA-27]
    Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28]
    Rep. Fortney Stark [D, CA-13]
    Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13]
    Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2]
    Rep. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1]
    Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6]
    Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21]
    Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10]
    Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D, NY-12]
    Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1]
    Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1]
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20]
    Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35]
    Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12]
    Rep. Henry Waxman [D, CA-30]
    Rep. Anthony Weiner [D, NY-9]
    Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0]
    Rep. Frederica Wilson [D, FL-17]
    Rep. Rob Woodall [R, GA-7]
    Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]
    Rep. David Wu [D, OR-1]
    Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KSIB2PGTAXFCPCMQ74NRZ4UUJM Beerman

    The White House only in the sense that their masters told them to pass this.

  • Anonymous

    the list I saw show Barney Frank not voting….

  • Anonymous

    You’re right I pulled up the wrong one. Sorry about that.
    Here’s the Nays-
    Justin amash (Republican-MI, District 3) — Nay
    Robert andrews (Democrat-NJ, District 1) — Nay
    Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-WI, District 2) — Nay
    Roscoe Bartlett (Republican-MD, District 6) — Nay
    Xavier Becerra (Democrat-Ca, District 31) — Nay
    Howard Berman (Democrat-Ca, District 28) — Nay
    Rob Bishop (Republican-UT, District 1) — Nay
    Earl Blumenauer (Democrat-OR, District 3) — Nay
    Robert Brady (Democrat-Pa, District 1) — Nay
    Bruce Braley (Democrat-Ia, District 1) — Nay
    Paul Broun (Republican-Ga, District 10) — Nay
    John Campbell (Republican-Ca, District 48) — Nay
    Lois Capps (Democrat-Ca, District 23) — Nay
    Michael Capuano (Democrat-Ma, District 8) — Nay
    andre Carson (Democrat-IN, District 7) — Nay
    Judy Chu (Democrat-Ca, District 32) — Nay
    David Cicilline (Democrat-RI, District 1) — Nay
    Hansen Clarke (Democrat-MI, District 13) — Nay
    William Clay (Democrat-MO, District 1) — Nay
    Emanuel Cleaver (Democrat-MO, District 5) — Nay
    James Clyburn (Democrat-SC, District 6) — Nay
    Steve Cohen (Democrat-TN, District 9) — Nay
    John Conyers (Democrat-MI, District 14) — Nay
    Jerry Costello (Democrat-IL, District 12) — Nay
    Joseph Crowley (Democrat-NY, District 7) — Nay
    Elijah Cummings (Democrat-MD, District 7) — Nay
    Danny Davis (Democrat-IL, District 7) — Nay
    Peter DeFazio (Democrat-OR, District 4) — Nay
    Diana DeGette (Democrat-CO, District 1) — Nay
    Rosa DeLauro (Democrat-CT, District 3) — Nay
    John Dingell (Democrat-MI, District 15) — Nay
    Lloyd Doggett (Democrat-TX, District 25) — Nay
    Michael Doyle (Democrat-Pa, District 14) — Nay
    John Duncan (Republican-TN, District 2) — Nay
    Donna Edwards (Democrat-MD, District 4) — Nay
    Keith Ellison (Democrat-MN, District 5) — Nay
    Eliot Engel (Democrat-NY, District 17) — Nay
    anna Eshoo (Democrat-Ca, District 14) — Nay
    Sam Farr (Democrat-Ca, District 17) — Nay
    Chaka Fattah (Democrat-Pa, District 2) — Nay
    Bob Filner (Democrat-Ca, District 51) — Nay
    Michael Fitzpatrick (Republican-Pa, District 8) — Nay
    Marcia Fudge (Democrat-OH, District 11) — Nay
    John Garamendi (Democrat-Ca, District 10) — Nay
    Chris Gibson (Republican-NY, District 20) — Nay
    Charles Gonzalez (Democrat-TX, District 20) — Nay
    Tom Graves (Republican-Ga, District 9) — Nay
    al Green (Democrat-TX, District 9) — Nay
    Gene Green (Democrat-TX, District 29) — Nay
    Raul Grijalva (Democrat-aZ, District 7) — Nay
    Luis Gutierrez (Democrat-IL, District 4) — Nay
    Colleen Hanabusa (Democrat-HI, District 1) — Nay
    Richard Hanna (Republican-NY, District 24) — Nay
    alcee Hastings (Democrat-FL, District 23) — Nay
    Dean Heller (Republican-NV, District 2) — Nay
    James Himes (Democrat-CT, District 4) — Nay
    Maurice Hinchey (Democrat-NY, District 22) — Nay
    Mazie Hirono (Democrat-HI, District 2) — Nay
    Rush Holt (Democrat-NJ, District 12) — Nay
    Michael Honda (Democrat-Ca, District 15) — Nay
    Randy Hultgren (Republican-IL, District 14) — Nay
    Jesse Jackson (Democrat-IL, District 2) — Nay
    Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-TX, District 18) — Nay
    Timothy Johnson (Republican-IL, District 15) — Nay
    Eddie Johnson (Democrat-TX, District 30) — Nay
    Walter Jones (Republican-NC, District 3) — Nay
    Marcy Kaptur (Democrat-OH, District 9) — Nay
    Dale Kildee (Democrat-MI, District 5) — Nay
    Jack Kingston (Republican-Ga, District 1) — Nay
    Dennis Kucinich (Democrat-OH, District 10) — Nay
    Raœl Labrador (Republican-ID, District 1) — Nay
    Rick Larsen (Democrat-Wa, District 2) — Nay
    John Larson (Democrat-CT, District 1) — Nay
    Barbara Lee (Democrat-Ca, District 9) — Nay
    John Lewis (Democrat-Ga, District 5) — Nay
    David Loebsack (Democrat-Ia, District 2) — Nay
    Zoe Lofgren (Democrat-Ca, District 16) — Nay
    Ben Lujan (Democrat-NM, District 3) — Nay
    Connie Mack (Republican-FL, District 14) — Nay
    Carolyn Maloney (Democrat-NY, District 14) — Nay
    Kenny Marchant (Republican-TX, District 24) — Nay
    Thomas Marino (Republican-Pa, District 10) — Nay
    Edward Markey (Democrat-Ma, District 7) — Nay
    Doris Matsui (Democrat-Ca, District 5) — Nay
    Tom McClintock (Republican-Ca, District 4) — Nay
    Betty McCollum (Democrat-MN, District 4) — Nay
    James McDermott (Democrat-Wa, District 7) — Nay
    James McGovern (Democrat-Ma, District 3) — Nay
    Gregory Meeks (Democrat-NY, District 6) — Nay
    Michael Michaud (Democrat-ME, District 2) — Nay
    George Miller (Democrat-Ca, District 7) — Nay
    Gwen Moore (Democrat-WI, District 4) — Nay
    James Moran (Democrat-Va, District 8) — Nay
    Jerrold Nadler (Democrat-NY, District 8) — Nay
    Grace Napolitano (Democrat-Ca, District 38) — Nay
    Richard Neal (Democrat-Ma, District 2) — Nay
    John Olver (Democrat-Ma, District 1) — Nay
    William Owens (Democrat-NY, District 23) — Nay
    Frank Pallone (Democrat-NJ, District 6) — Nay
    Edward Pastor (Democrat-aZ, District 4) — Nay
    Ron Paul (Republican-TX, District 14) — Nay
    Donald Payne (Democrat-NJ, District 10) — Nay
    Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-Ca, District 8) — Nay
    Chellie Pingree (Democrat-ME, District 1) — Nay
    Jared Polis (Democrat-CO, District 2) — Nay
    David Price (Democrat-NC, District 4) — Nay
    Charles Rangel (Democrat-NY, District 15) — Nay
    Dennis Rehberg (Republican-MT, District 0) — Nay
    Laura Richardson (Democrat-Ca, District 37) — Nay
    Cedric Richmond (Democrat-La, District 2) — Nay
    Phil Roe (Republican-TN, District 1) — Nay
    Dana Rohrabacher (Republican-Ca, District 46) — Nay
    Lucille Roybal-allard (Democrat-Ca, District 34) — Nay
    Timothy Ryan (Democrat-OH, District 17) — Nay
    Linda Sanchez (Democrat-Ca, District 39) — Nay
    Loretta Sanchez (Democrat-Ca, District 47) — Nay
    John Sarbanes (Democrat-MD, District 3) — Nay
    Janice Schakowsky (Democrat-IL, District 9) — Nay
    Bobby Schilling (Republican-IL, District 17) — Nay
    Kurt Schrader (Democrat-OR, District 5) — Nay
    David Schweikert (Republican-aZ, District 5) — Nay
    Robert Scott (Democrat-Va, District 3) — Nay
    Jose Serrano (Democrat-NY, District 16) — Nay
    Brad Sherman (Democrat-Ca, District 27) — Nay
    Louise Slaughter (Democrat-NY, District 28) — Nay
    Jackie Speier (Democrat-Ca, District 12) — Nay
    Pete Stark (Democrat-Ca, District 13) — Nay
    Betty Sutton (Democrat-OH, District 13) — Nay
    Mike Thompson (Democrat-Ca, District 1) — Nay
    Bennie Thompson (Democrat-MS, District 2) — Nay
    Paul Tonko (Democrat-NY, District 21) — Nay
    Edolphus Towns (Democrat-NY, District 10) — Nay
    Nydia Velazquez (Democrat-NY, District 12) — Nay
    Peter Visclosky (Democrat-IN, District 1) — Nay
    Timothy Walz (Democrat-MN, District 1) — Nay
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Democrat-FL, District 20) — Nay
    Maxine Waters (Democrat-Ca, District 35) — Nay
    Melvin Watt (Democrat-NC, District 12) — Nay
    Henry Waxman (Democrat-Ca, District 30) — Nay
    anthony Weiner (Democrat-NY, District 9) — Nay
    Peter Welch (Democrat-VT, District 0) — Nay
    Frederica Wilson (Democrat-FL, District 17) — Nay
    Rob Woodall (Republican-Ga, District 7) — Nay
    David Wu (Democrat-OR, District 1) — Nay
    Donald Young (Republican-aK, District 0) — Nay

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/K_CaOvViioLZynx.lwriWv6C_QxA3bg-#ffb59 WillyTee

    Every single one of these pols needs to be removed from office.

  • Anonymous

    A bit of an overreach.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who votes yes on this legislation or abstained, or anyone who signs it into law for that matter, will only receive my fierce opposition from now until Hell freezes over. I can never support the thieves who are out to steal the liberty of the American people, and I will only feel disgust for those who do no matter their twisted rationalizations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    Thank goodness I voted for a Constitutional Law Professor who wouldn’t ever sign such an attack on our rights into law.

    Kidding just kidding …. he’ll sign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    As a life long Democrat, until this year, I’m sorry to say that a Democratic President will sign this attack on our Bill of Rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    Which Democratic President will sign this into law??????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    How about the President who will sign it into law????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    The WEEEEEEEEE tickets?

  • Anonymous

    I feel so much more secure knowing that terrorist’s library records are being examined. I’m sure closed-door congressional committees researched this one and showed how many acts of terrorism have already been prevented.

    btw – Thanks Dianne Feinstein for being such a leader in surveillance. Hope there’s another contract here for your husband’s company:
    http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-04-22/news/17487250_1_eg-g-division-george-r-melton-president-urs-corp-s-eg-g

  • Johnny Warbucks

    There were never any doubts. Fascism has, indeed, come to Amerika wrapped in the flag and bearing the cross.

  • Anonymous

    What’s the diff, they’re both complicit. We are a one party system that represents 4% of the population.

  • Anonymous

    This feinstein crap is infuriating.

  • Anonymous

    It has.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYSO4QKTV4W5DVINPB3RWGLJB4 GregJ

    How dare you publish that this extension is only good for 10 months?!?!? Now the terrorists will know when to attack.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WE3JWKWUY2R62UY5JMETECQBHE Dimitri Sokolov

    Anyone voting for this is anti-American.

  • Anonymous

    When this GARBAGE bill was brought up a couple weeks ago and didn’t pass on the procedural vote, folks on this and other web sites were excited. However I stated at that time that this BS extension would be brought up again and would surely pass. As much as I would like to say I was wrong then, Here we go again and the bastards are wiping their asses on the Constitution. YA-YA-YA-YA-YA-YA!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    you are correct, sir.

  • Guest

    American Bikers don’t need a destroyer of all citizens’ constitutional rights to put up a false front about protecting ours. As sponsor of the USA Patriot Act, we believe F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) should be arrested and tried as a traitor to our nation and a willing pawn in the ongoing destruction of the American Republic: http://ironboltbruce.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QEHXHW63X6CGKVK43UW2XSDVVI vickapidya

    JIM,

    GET A JOB.

    YOU’VE BEEN FEEDING ON THE PUBLIC TROUGH YOUR WHOLE CAREER, EVEN THOUGH YOU INHERITED THE KOTEX FORTUNE AND WON THE LOTTERY TWO TIMES.

    WHY DO YOU WANT THE GOVERNMENT (YOU) TO SPY ON US?

    IS THIS SOME INSIDER TRADING SCHEME FOR YOU AND YOUR CONGRESSIONAL BUDDIES?

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