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Congressional Leaders Finally Agree On Something: Extending The Patriot Act

May 20, 2011 by  

Congressional Leaders Finally Agree On Something: Extending The Patriot Act

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a deal, calling for a vote to grant a four-year extension to several expiring parts of The Patriot Act.

“The provisions at issue allow the government to use roving wiretaps on multiple electronic devices and across multiple carriers and get court-approved access to business records relevant to terrorist investigations,” according to an article on FoxNews.com. “The third, a ‘lone wolf’ provision that was part of a 2004 law, permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. individuals without having to show a connection between the target and a specific terrorist group.”

Despite unilateral agreement at the top, individual lawmakers have expressed reluctance to extend the controversial law, especially freshman members of the House, who were largely elected on promises to limit the power of government.

“I still have some concerns, and at this point I’m leaning against (voting for) it,” Representative Andy Harris (R-Md.) told Fox News.

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