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Senate Passes 90-Day Extension of Patriot Act
The Senate has passed a 90-day extension of Patriot Act with 86 ayes and 12 nays to allow more time to work out a longer term solution for three expiring provisions in the anti-terrorism bill. It now goes to the House. If Congress does not act the provisions would expire at the end of February.
"Extend it to May. It will give us time then. It's very important that it not expire," said Senator Dianne Feinstein Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "It gives us more time because there are three different bills and a lot of stuff going on and you can't sort it out. So this will give some time."
House prepares for another Patriot Act vote this week
The House as early as Wednesday will vote on a bill allowing a three month extension of Patriot Act surveillance authorities.
The Senate on Tuesday approved a three month extension that allows the government to continue to access business records, conduct roving wiretaps, and monitor individual terrorists until May 27. In doing so, the Senate ignored other Senate proposals allowing for three-year or permanent extensions.