With the deadline looming for the expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, nominally the basis for NSA surveillance, two senators, Rand Paul (R – KY) and Ron Wyden (D – OR), are both planning filibusters of any attempt to renew it.
“I’m tired of extending a bad law,” insisted Wyden, saying that he wants major reforms before there is any consideration of Section 215.
Sen. Paul concurred, declaring “we are not going to let them run over us” on the issue, and that he believes he can muster more support for a filibuster against the extension.
Senate leadership, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY), are pushing for the renewal as a way to keep the surveillance program going, despite a court ruling last week declaring that Section 215 did not grant the broad power the administration claims.
On the other hand, the court did not order an end to the NSA surveillance, despite ruling the program illegal, saying it wants Congress to weigh in. That seems unlikely, and the Section 215 renewal is likely the closest the issue will ever get to debate in Congress.