The House of Representatives narrowly averted allowing the US Patriot Act to expire, abandoning all the proposed privacy provisions to the bill and approving it exactly as worded by the Senate in a vote earlier this week. Parts of Patriot Act would have expired Sunday, but passed through the Senate without debate.
The vote, incredibly enough titled the “Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act,” passed 315-97. The bill was so named because Senate Democrats inserted the Patriot Act’s extension into a Medicare reform bill.
Three sections of the Patriot Act were to “sunset” this year, including the roving wiretap provision, the library records seizure provision, and the “lone wolf” provision, which permitted surveillance against possible terrorists even if there was no evidence tying them to any terror organization.
The Obama Administration had expressed concern about the addition of civil rights protections to the bill, but said they would consider them so long as they didn’t weaken the president’s powers. In the end such consideration will be unneccesary, because the neither the House nor the Senate saw fit to include any protections at all.
9 thoughts on “House Abandons Privacy Protections, Approves PATRIOT Act”
More proof that Democrats and Republicans are just opposite ends of the same turd.
We need to drop these debates about this kind of stuff. People today your government just put over a million families on the streets!!! We need to make some noise,it just happened. I know a lot of these people hurt by this.Please help and do something!Please spread the word!
O = W
This vote is for Congress what bonuses are for banksters.
They are all ripping us off.
Can someone please explain what this all means in terms I can grasp? More money for people who already have it??
Demorats, the biggest liars of all time, bar none. All those years of screeching and screaming about the Patriot Act, then they retard their silent abject nazism under the guise of another named bill, hoping they get away with it and the MSM keeps their libtard pieholes sealed shut in gay compliance.
It's amazing what pieces of absolute dog dung the demonrats are nowadays.
Just when you thought they could go no lower, they dive below the last smarm and mole burrow down deeper into the depths. They're just about to China now, and yeah, they're already full blown Mao worshipping red commies.
Of course, Rethuglicons are even worse!
It's clear the lesser of two evils is still evil. Vote for no Republicans or Democrats in Congressional elections in 2010.
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