Senate votes to extend key Patriot Act provisions
May 26th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Senate votes to extend key Patriot Act provisions

The Senate voted Thursday to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire at midnight, sending the measure to the House for consideration.

The House had been scheduled to begin its Memorial Day recess on Thursday afternoon. However, a protracted dispute over the legislation in the Senate, fueled by conservative newcomer Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, muddied voting schedules and required the House to stay longer than planned.

Late Thursday afternoon, Paul reached a deal with Senate leaders to allow votes on whether to table two of his amendments. Both amendments failed, and the subsequent vote on the measure to extend the Patriot Act provisions for four years passed easily on a 72-23 vote.

The expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deal with roving wiretaps, tracking alleged "lone wolf" terrorists, and the ability of law enforcement officials to obtain any records they deem relevant to an investigation.

While the Senate approval was expected, passage in the House could be tougher as lawmakers on the right and left oppose an extension for various reasons. For example, some members of Congress are concerned about the law's impact on civil liberties, while others support the law but think it should be made permanent.

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  1. Joey

    Hi, Cesar.
    How's it going, guy?

    May 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    Thank you very much, I'm sure.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Second

    🙁 🙂

    May 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beach Blanket Lingo

    @Cesar:
    "It appears that these Tea Party trolls are at it again,usurping other peoples’ names for their personal amusement. It must be nice not to have feelings about anything or anyone. That’s the bright side of being ignorant and as they see it,ignorance truly is bliss!!!"

    Coming from the original usurper, that means sooooo much.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iamrightyouarewrong

      Hello Cesar. 😉

      May 27, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      Good post,Beach Blanket Lingo. As a Tea Patier myself,I love that Tea Party lingo and it should be accepted by eveybody in this day and age,especially those four letter words chosen by both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann showing just how macho we can be!!! After all,we are the world's bullies and we need to play the part!

      May 27, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. RuffNutt

    Good post Beach Blanket Lingo,thank you.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Beach Blanket Lingo

    God, you're a moron, RuffNuttCesar.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cnn Desk

    The Anthonys wasted millions of taxpayer dollars by lying to LE and collected thousands of dollars in donations, trips for media appearances where they were wined, dined and catered to at hotels the white trash never would have stayed in before. I actually wondered if they all plotted this in order to get all the money they could to bail themselves out of the financial problems they were having.

    LE could have been working on many other crimes and the Anthonys should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and made to REPAY every cent they collected under false pretenses. Why are they still living in that house? Only because someone bailed them out when they were about to be foreclosed. Who is paying all their legal bills?

    Nancy Grace is sickening the way she favors them and talks about all the toys, etc. that Caylee had. That means nothing and Nancy should stfu about her twins.

    Greta Von Susteran did an excellent interview with the Anthonys in their home and it was obvious that Cindy was prompting George what to say about the gas cans being found in Casey’s trunk. He almost slipped and said Caylee was in the trunk which would explain why Casey didn’t want him to get the tool he needed (if anything at all about that story is even true). Everything each of the Anthonys has said to date is a possible lie and I don’t think they would suddenly start telling the truth simply because they are under oath. They have no respect for the law or the truth.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cnn Desk

    The Anthonys wasted millions of taxpayer dollars by lying to LE and collected thousands of dollars in donations, trips for media appearances where they were wined, dined and catered to at hotels the white trash never would have stayed in before. I actually wondered if they all plotted this in order to get all the money they could to bail themselves out of the financial problems they were having.

    LE could have been working on many other crimes and the Anthonys should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and made to REPAY every cent they collected under false pretenses. Why are they still living in that house? Only because someone bailed them out when they were about to be foreclosed. Who is paying all their legal bills?

    Nancy Grace is sickening the way she favors them and talks about all the toys, etc. that Caylee had. That means nothing and Nancy should stfu about her twins.

    Greta Von Susteran did an excellent interview with the Anthonys in their home and it was obvious that Cindy was prompting George what to say about the gas cans being found in Casey’s trunk. He almost slipped and said Caylee was in the trunk which would explain why Casey didn’t want him to get the tool he needed (if anything at all about that story is even true). Everything each of the Anthonys has said to date is a possible lie and I don’t think they would suddenly start telling the truth simply because they are under oath. They have no respect for the law or the truth..

    May 27, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/are-you-afraid/

    May 27, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. (required)

    Michael Fury, quit spamming.

    Cnn Desk, are you as much of a dullard aa you come across? Why do you post everything twice? So we can skim over the same post that has nothing to do with the thread twice?

    And it's CNN, not Cnn, dolt.

    May 27, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    This is what those handful of terrorists we are fighting were aiming for.
    Turn us into a nation of paranoids and phobics, always looking over our shoulders.The govt spying on citizenry, citizens spying on each other. Demagogues spreading fear & hatred. Special interests and lobbies capitalizing on this climate of fear & hate.
    Our civil rights gradually stripped away.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Quite true saywhat,quite true.

      May 27, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    My chorizo is very usurping.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. fred

    @saywhat. Yeah, I noticed how we've been "looking over our shoulders" in anticipation of terrorists crossing our border and getting us. Ooooooh. Scary.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. fred

    Why don't they just enact the Victory act and be done with it already.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    Good grief Ernie Beatty,have you gone mad! Do you have cow disease? Such Tea Party lingo is very offensive and is equated with profanity. Please do stop,as being a fan of Sarah Palin and the thugs in Washington will get you no where in this forum. It is simply a fact.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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