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May 27, 2011

House and Senate Extend Patriot Act

In a complex legislative maneuver, both the House and the Senate passed a measure to extend the Patriot Act which was due to expire May 27, 2011.

S. 990 was appended to H.R. 366 and S. 1082 which were originally extensions of the Small Business Act. The original bill had passed in the House on January 20, 2011, which extended the program to provide government loans and tax credits to small businesses from May 31, 2011 to June 1, 2015, and was referred to the Senate for ratification.

The Senate then added an amendment to S. 1082 to extend the Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act from their sunset dates of May 27, 2011 to June 1, 2015 and renamed it S. 990.

The Senate passed the amended bill by a vote of 72-23 with Republicans Heller (NV), Lee (UT), Murkowski (AK), and Paul (KY) joining the minority Democrats in opposition. The House then concurred on the amendment by a vote of 250-153, with 31 Republicans voting against it, and 54 Democrats voting for it.

The final bill now proceeds to the President for his signature.

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February 18, 2011

House Ratifies Senate Amendment to Patriot Act Sunset Provisions

The House ratified HR 514, extending three provisions of the Patriot Act to May 28, 2011 as amended by the Senate by a bipartisan majority of 279-143.

Twenty-six Republicans voted against the measure:

Amash (MI-3), Bartlett (MD-6), Bishop (UT-1), Broun (GA-10), Campbell (CA-48), Duncan (TN-2), Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Gibson (NY-20), Graves GA-9), Hanna (NY-24),  Heller (NV-2), Hultgren (IL-14), Johnson (IL-15), Jones (NC-3), Kingston (GA-1), Labrador (ID-1), Mack (FL-14), Marchant (TX-24), McClintock (CA-4), Paul (TX-14), Rehberg (MT-at large), Roe (TN-1), Rohrabacher (CA-46), Schilling (IL-17), Schweikert (AZ-5), Woodall (GA-7).

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February 15, 2011

Senate Passes Extension of Patriot Act Provisions

H.R. 514. which passed the House Monday, February 14, 2011, was passed in the Senate by a 86-12 vote. The bill extends expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011. Senate Amendment 90 amends the original bill to shorten the sunset period to May 27, 2011. The bill now goes back to the House for approval of the amendment.

All Republicans voted for it with the exception of Senators Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky who joined 10 Democrats who were concerned with the constitutionality and violation of civil rights inherent in the warrantless searches involved.

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February 15, 2011

House Passes Extension of Patriot Act Sections

In a reversal of the previous consideration of Patriot Act extensions, the House passed a measure to extend the provisions until December 8, 2011 on a 275-144 vote.
In the previous vote, the House leadership suspended the rules and only allowed one hour of debate and disallowed any amendments to the measure; the suspension required a 2/3 majority. Apparently, the leadership miscalculated, and did not anticipate opposition to the measure from within its own ranks by 26 Republican Representatives.
For this measure, the House rules were reinstated, and a simple majority was required for passage.
All 26 Republicans who voted against the previous measure did so in this one, and were joined by Rep. Hanna (NY-24).

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February 9, 2011

Extension of Patriot Act Sections Fails in House

H.R.514, which extends three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act failed to pass on a 271-148 vote Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 (it requires a 2/3 majority). The three key sections concern access to business and library records, concerning individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and the ability to authorize roving wiretaps. These sections were up for renewal on a sunset provision last renewed in 2005.

Twenty-six Republicans, mostly freshmen and/or Tea Party sponsored, joined with 122 Democrats to deny the extension of the enhanced powers to federal agents: Amash (MI-3), Barlett (MD-6), Bishop (UT-1), Broun (GA-10), Campbell (CA-48), Duncan (TN-2), Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Gibson (NY-20), Graves (GA-9), Heller (NV-2), Hultgren (IL-14), Johnson (IL-15), Jones (NC-3), Kingston (GA-1), Labrador (ID-1), Mack (FL-14), Marchant (TX-24), McClintock (CA-4), Paul (TX-14), Rehberg (MT at large), Roe (TN-1), Rohrabacher (CA-46), Schilling (IL-17), Schweikert (AZ-5), Woodall (GA-7), and Young (AK at large).

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