Here is the current legislation:
TITLE(S): (italics indicate a title for a portion of a bill)
* OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
A bill to amend the USA PATRIOT Act to repeal the sunsets.
STATUS: (color indicates Senate actions)
Introductory remarks on measure. (CR S6096-6099)
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S6099)
Senate Judiciary Referral, In Committee
RELATED BILL DETAILS:
COSPONSORS(9), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] - 5/21/2004
Sen Cornyn, John [TX] - 5/21/2004
Sen Graham, Lindsey O. [SC] - 5/21/2004
Sen Inhofe, Jim [OK] - 5/21/2004
Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] - 5/21/2004
Sen Miller, Zell [GA] - 5/21/2004
Sen Nickles, Don [OK] - 5/21/2004
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] - 5/21/2004
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] - 5/21/2004
SUMMARY AS OF:
Repeals the termination date for specified provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (currently, various provisions of the Act, including wiretapping
provisions, sunset on December 31, 2005).
Here is the provision that the bill would repeal:
SEC. 224. SUNSET.
(a) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subsection (b), this title and the amendments made by this title (other than sections 203(a), 203(c), 205,
208, 210, 211, 213, 216, 219, 221, and 222, and the amendments made by those sections) shall cease to have effect on December 31, 2005.
(b) EXCEPTION- With respect to any particular foreign intelligence investigation that began before the date on which the provisions referred to
in subsection (a) cease to have effect, or with respect to any particular offense or potential offense that began or occurred before the date on which
such provisions cease to have effect, such provisions shall continue in effect.
Why wouldn't the congress just continue to add a couple of years to this instead of eliminating the sunset provision altogether? Makes you
Law as it stands now