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GOP lobbying defeats bid to curb Patriot Act
Effort to close library records blocked
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
New York Times
WASHINGTON -- An effort to ban the government from demanding records from libraries and book sellers in some terrorism investigations fell one vote short of passage in the House on Thursday after a late burst of lobbying prompted eight Republicans to switch their votes.
The vote, which ended in a deadlock, 210-210, amounted to a referendum on the anti-terrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act and reflected deep divisions in Congress over whether the law undercuts civil liberties. Under House rules, a tie vote meant the measure was defeated.
The outcome led to angry recriminations from House Democrats, who accused Republicans of "vote-rigging" by holding the vote open for an extra 23 minutes in order to get enough colleagues to switch votes. Frustrated Democrats shouted "Shame, shame!" and "Democracy!" as the voting continued, but Republicans defended their right as the majority party to keep the vote open in order to "educate members" about the dangers of scaling back government counter-terrorism powers.
Originally posted by Jonna
So I have a question. If I went to a store and wanted to by something like the Anarchist's Cookbook with cash would I have to give them my name? It may sound ridiculous, but that is what this opens the door to.