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Senate passes PATRIOT Act extension, 86-12

February 16, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate last night took the 10-month extension of the PATRIOT Act provisions, whittled it down to 3 months, passed it and sent it back to the House for a follow-up vote. Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate agreed to the shorter extension in order to assuage members who want to reform the government surveillance powers, but still keep the authority for the powers in effect in the meantime. This bill, which will now expire in May, gives Congress more time to hold hearings and a full floor debate on the PATRIOT Act, the leaders say.

The final vote was 86-12. Here are the 12 brave souls who voted against it:

Since the Senate amended the House bill, the House is going to have to vote one more time on this before it can become law. For a refresher on the government surveillance provisions that are being extended by this, see here.

Sen. Rand Paul, one of the leading Senate voices in opposition to extending the PATRIOT Act, is pictured above.  

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  • zegota 02/16/2011 5:53am

    That is not a collection of Senators you’re likely to see vote together on anything else.

  • dbroncos 02/16/2011 9:40am

    I never thought i would say this, but God Bless Rand Paul.

    I truly hope that Obama vetoes this. This is veto proof but the House vote wasnt (i dont think).

  • jsimsnewchapter 02/16/2011 9:54am

    If you think Obama is going to veto this, you’re out of your mind. The white house is pushing this. It extends their powers. If the white house DIDN’T want it, it wouldn’t be going through.

  • Kentuckian 02/16/2011 10:57am

    What happened to the Democrats who scorned Bush for this years ago? I thought Obama was supposed to be different from Bush.

    Bush: Huge Deficits and Infringement of Civil Liberties and wiping his hind end with the Constitution.

    Obama: Huge Deficits and Infringement of Civil Liberties and wiping his hind end with the Constitution.

    More of the same.

    Go Rand Paul!

  • Abaratarrr 02/16/2011 2:13pm

    Attention Long Term Unemployed

    hr 589 can be added to the continuing resolution as an amendment, A vote on 589 as an amendment to the CR can not be blocked , If lee or scott asks for a vote a vote must be allowed! they need to know that we know this! If they do not ask that 589 be voted on as an amendment to the CR it proves that they are just screwing with us and have no intention to help us.

    I would suggest that Scott bring 589 to the floor as an amendment to the CR as currently written without funding its chances are slim, so i then suggest that Lee bring up 589 as her amendment to the CR but to fund the bill using funds from the amendment proposed by her fellow texas representative paul that wants to quit sending 6 billion dollars a year to Israel, Egypt and Pakistan.

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    Abaratarrr 02/16/2011 2:15pm

    Boehner said he would support an unemployment extension if it is paid far, paul’s amendment could be used to pay for the unemployment extension (hr 589) in fact it would pay for the extension in less then 3 years, after that the money could be used for dept reduction or to shore up social security and medicaid or both.

    Currently democrats in the house have the ability to demand a vote on anything they choose, they need to know that we know that and we can not let them waste this opportunity we may not get this chance again, The CR is a must pass bill and a great vehicle to use to pass 589.

    Scott and Lee need to be contacted, let them know that Paul’s amendment to the CR would be an excellent source of funding for 589.

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    leftwingmafia 02/16/2011 7:46pm

    hi there:

    where can one find this law?

    please email me
    or Google 99erAid…

    please! very important, i would like to talk to you.


    thank you.

  • Constitutionist 02/16/2011 2:17pm

    The presidency is a mockery. They are all just puppets now. It’s been that way for the past century. If you think Obama is any different than Bush, you’re deluded. That’s why I hate both of the main parties. I’m all about politicians with REAL backbone who HONOR THEIR OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, but they are very much a dying breed. That’s why I’m a Constitutionalist. I’m not about
    playing the party game, but about authentic freedom and liberty.

    The government, like many Americans, has become fat; too big for their britches. It will take people opening their eyes, getting MAD, and FIGHTING (through activism, not violence [hopefully it doesn’t come to that]) for freedoms’sake. Liberty won’t defend itself after all, it is completely up to THE PEOPLE to defend her.

  • TravisHJ 02/20/2011 1:51pm

    We love you Dr. Paul and Dr. Paul.

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