Wednesday, March 01, 2006

March Madness: Congress and the Patriot Act

Update 13: Senate OKs Limiting Patriot Act Powers

"The Senate on Wednesday cleared the path for renewing the USA Patriot Act, swatting aside objections while adding new protections for people targeted by government investigations.

The overwhelming votes virtually assured that Congress will renew President Bush's antiterror law before it expires March 10. The House was expected to pass the legislation and send the bill to the president next week."

Article: Forbes

However, the House may do otherwise.

House pulls Patriot Act compromise vote; Delays until Tuesday

"The House has pulled from consideration today a "compromise" measure on the Patriot Act which was agreed upon by Senate Republican moderates and the House Judiciary Committee, RAW STORY has learned.

House aides say that Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has delayed a vote on the compromise measure. A vote on the Sununu provision -- named for Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) who negotiated the compromise, has been yanked from a floor vote in the House today. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, a Senate aide said."

Article: The Raw Story