Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Blog
Regrettably, the House and Senate have once again approved extending key provisions of the PATRIOT Act—this time until 2015. The extensions were signed into law by President Obama via autopen. With margins of 250-153 and 72-23, Congress renewed the use of court-approved roving wiretaps, access to business records relevant to terrorism investigations, and the "lone wolf" provisions.
One heartening note: several members of both the House and Senate switched their “yea” votes in this round, ostensibly because of the failure of amendments that would have increased government oversight of these programs. AAI is proud to note that freshmen Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) once again voted against the extensions.