House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect

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    House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect

    The House on Tuesday night failed to approve legislation to extend surveillance authorities in the Patriot Act.

    In a 277-148 vote, the house fell 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to move the bill under suspension of the rules. Passage required 290 votes.

    More than two dozen Republicans bucked their leadership in the vote, by far the biggest defection for the House GOP since it took over the lower chamber. Until tonight's vote, Republicans voted together in all but two votes this year, and in those two votes, only one Republican voted with Democrats.

    The bill, H.R. 514, would extend the authority that allows U.S. agents to conduct "roving surveillance" of targets, collect business records and other tangible intelligence records, and surveil solo operators who are not tied to a specific terrorist group but may pose a threat to the United States.
    These authorities expire on February 28, which means the House may have to take up the measure quickly under a rule, which would make for a slower process but would also allow it to pass with a simple majority.

    House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect - The Hill's Floor Action

    Hmm, honeymoon's over.
     
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    Interesting juxtaposition. :eusa_eh:
     
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    Already a thread on this and the NO vote was only 148, something like 24 Republicans voted against it. They will simply redo it this time with a majority vote instead of a 2/3rds vote and it will pass.
     
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    I cried when I read this! Is it to early to start thinking that our government DOES support the wishes of the people? Thanks.
     
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