Wednesday, February 9, 2011

In a Surprise, House Fails to Pass PATRIOT Act Extensions

"Deserting and embarrassing their GOP House leadership, 26 Republicans—including several members of the Tea Party Caucus—bolted Tuesday night to join Democrats in a surprise rejection of a centerpiece of Bush-era powers to fight terrorism that curbed American civil liberties.

"The House Republican leaders had expected an easy victory in their efforts to reauthorize three expiring powers under the PATRIOT Act—among them, allowing ‘’roving wiretaps’’ and searches of people’s medical, banking, and library records. It is likely the GOP will succeed in a later vote, but Tuesday night’s rebuff sent a strong message."


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