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Congress Pulls a Patriot Act Switcheroo

Before it passed the Patriot Act extension, Congress swapped the language into a different bill. The Patriot Act extension bill that passed is S. 990, The PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, not S. 1038. Reset your watches, re-vote your votes, re-comment your comments. Congress is making things hard for Americans to follow.

USA-PATRIOT Act Extension: Done Deal!

The big showdown over extension of the USA-PATRIOT Act that was teed up in February may just be cancelled. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced S. 1038, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, to extend expiring provisions of the USA-PATRIOT Act until June 1, 2015. […]


Congress will soon have to decide what to do with some controversial parts of the USA-PATRIOT Act, which were made to sunset, forcing this decision. Maybe the thing to do is extend the sunset date! So says S. 1022, which would extend USA-PATRIOT provisions until December 31, 2014. Be sure and do the political math: […]

USA-PATRIOT—The Debate Congress Doesn’t Want to Have

Update: On Tuesday, the House failed to pass H.R. 514 as the Republican leadership had expected. This symbolizes that support for the USA-PATRIOT Act is weaker in their caucus than they thought, but it will not prevent the bill from passing, probably later in the week. The bill was brought to the floor under a […]