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Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner introduced H.R. 3162 incorporating provisions from a previously sponsored House bill and a Senate bill also introduced earlier in the month. The next day on October 24, 2001, the Act passed the House 357 to 66, with Democrats comprising the overwhelming portion of dissent.
The Act itself came about after the September 11th attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. After these attacks, Congress immediately started work on several proposed antiterrorist bills, before the Justice Department finally drafted a bill called the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, introduced to Congress on September 19, 2001. This was introduced to the House as the Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (PATRIOT) Act of 2001, and was later passed by the House as the Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act (H.R. 2975) on October 12. It was then introduced into the Senate as the USA Act (S. 1510) where a number of amendments were proposed by Senator Russ Feingold, all of which were passed. The final bill, the USA PATRIOT Act was introduced into the House on October 23 and incorporated H.R. 2975, S. 1510 and many of the provisions of H.R. 3004 (the Financial Anti-Terrorism Act). It was vehemently opposed by only one Senator, Russ Feingold, who was the only Senator to vote against the bill.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
In the entire history of the patriot act there have been a total of votes from parties opposing the patriot act.
50 votes from Republicans opposing the patriot act
340 votes from Democrats opposing the patriot act
Republicans love the patriot act 680% more than Democrats historically. They own that bill.
It takes some serious mental gymnastics and straight up lies to claim Democrats support the patriot act more than Republicans.
I made it clear that your post was about 2001 and mine was about the extension. You seem to be denying that enough Democrats voted for the original bill to make it pass.
And yes I did compare the Patriot Act and the ACA for comparison, as only two GOP voted for ACA. Not to mention the dirty methods used to get Blue Dog Democrats to get on board.
This website says that Russ Feingold was theee only Senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act in 2001
And look how many Democrats vote for it
Schumer, Feinstein, Biden, Baucus, Dodd
Yep those sure all look like republicans
It says that 89 US Senators voted in favor of the extension in 2006. INCLUDING yours truly Senator O, and Dodd, Landrieu, Feinstein, HARRY REID, Schumer, BIden, Barbara Boxer, and JOHN KERRY!