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Paul, Reid Battle Over Amendment To PATRIOT Act

May 26, 2011 by  

Paul, Reid Battle Over Amendment To PATRIOT Act

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) had harsh words for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, as the Senate debated proposed amendments to the PATRIOT Act. Reid accused Paul of “fighting for an amendment to protect the right — not of average citizens, but of terrorists — to cover up their gun purchases.”

At issue was Paul’s desire to offer an amendment to the Act to prevent warrantless access to some gun records, reported CNN.com.

Paul was outraged by Reid’s comments. “I’ve been accused of wanting to allow terrorists to have weapons to attack America,” he said. “To be attacked of such a belief when I’m here to discuss and debate the Constitutionality of the Patriot Act is offensive, and I find it personally insulting.”

“Republicans defended Paul and blamed Reid, who had promised a full week’s debate and an open amendment process but pulled back on both after time ran short,” the article read. In an odd turn, Democrats sided with Reid, accusing Paul of holding up the legislative process.

“They are petrified to vote on issues of guns because they know that a lot of people in America favor the 2nd Amendment (right) to own guns and want to protect it,” Paul said, explaining he was not defending terrorists, but American citizens.

“We don’t want our records to be sifted through by a government without judicial review.”

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  • Dan az

    If Wisconsin can have a recall I feel that we should be able to recall Reid.Some one needs to make him read the constitution and give him a test on it,apparently he seems to think that it is just something that is out dated and has know bearing on the matter.This is a perfect example of why we are in the state that we are in.I would like to see what happened on the vote and take names on how they voted.

  • Dan az

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