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Sen. who pushed Patriot Act: Don’t make policy after disaster

A Republican leader who was quick to vote for the USA PATRIOT Act following the 9/11 attacks is now saying that legislators should think twice about making policy in the wake of disasters. Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if the nuclear disaster in Japan…

Senator vows to reform the PATRIOT Act

A Democratic senator from Oregon said Tuesday that Congress must use the three month extension of the PATRIOT Act to amend the legislation so that it does not violate American’s civil liberties. “Americans deserve laws that strike the best possible balance between fighting terrorism ferociously and protecting the rights and…

House votes to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act

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…

House clears way for PATRIOT Act extension

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to clear the road for an extension of controversial provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. The final vote was 248 to 176, largely along party lines. Just 4 Republicans voted against the extension, while only 15 Democrats voted for it. Under the…

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans

Faced with a looming vote on a planned one-year extension of special powers authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama White House did not object or propose reforms, as the president vowed to do as a candidate. The Obama administration instead asked Congress to grant those powers for an…

Congress quietly prepares to renew Patriot Act

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has introduced a little-noticed bill that intends to once again renew controversial provisions of the Bush administration’s USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year. When the act was first signed into law, Congress put in some “sunset” provisions to quiet the concerns of…

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