Patriot Act is Reauthorized

Despite all the rhetoric of the 2008 campaign, the House and Senate have both voted to reauthorize key provisions of the Patriot Act for another year without changes. The Senate passed it by voice vote and the House voted for it today by a 315 to 97 margin. In 2006, several organizations mounted a campaign to impeach George Bush because of the Patriot Act. As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted, “The PATRIOT Act is a bipartisan bill that has helped save countless lives by equipping our national security community with the tools it needs to keep America safe. Recent terror attacks, such as those at Ft. Hood and on Christmas Day, demonstrate just how severe of a threat we are facing. There is simply no reason to weaken the PATRIOT Act—and every reason not to.”

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