Congress Extends USA PATRIOT Act by 1 Month

George H. Pike skriver hos Information Today, Inc.:

On the last day of the 2005 legislative session, the U.S. Congress passed Senate bill 2167, which extends the existing USA PATRIOT Act by 1 month. The Act’s provisions, which had been set to expire on Dec. 31, 2005, will now expire on Feb. 3, 2006. The bill was required after the Senate refused to accept a proposal which would have made most of the Act permanent. By a bipartisan vote of 52 to 48, the Senate was unable to end a filibuster of the proposal (which requires 60 votes). Unable to modify the proposal to satisfy opponents, or convince seven Senators to switch their votes (the eighth vote was Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who supported the proposal, but voted no for technical reasons involving Senate rules), the PATRIOT Act would have expired on Dec. 31, 2005.

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