Take Two: PATRIOT Act Extension Passes House
by Gavin Baker
Feb 15, 2011
Last week, the House failed to clear a supermajority vote under special rules to extend expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act. But no surprises this time: the House approved the extension yesterday under normal majority rules.
The extension passed 275 to 144, similar to last week's vote. (See the tables below for votes changed.) A motion to return the bill to committee for additional attention to its constitutionality also failed.
Three controversial provisions of the intelligence law are set to expire Feb. 28. The expiring provisions authorize the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to grant warrants to federal investigators for "roving wiretaps" of an individual; for surveillance of a foreign citizen, even without showing that the person is a terrorist or foreign agent; and for "business records," including library records.
If the Senate concurs, the provisions will be renewed until December, requiring Congress to revisit the issue later this year. A bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would reform the provisions, including adding transparency and oversight mechanisms.
|Rep.||Vote on Feb. 8||Vote on Feb. 14|
|Lee (R-NY)*||Yea||* resigned Feb. 9|