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156. Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act (stunning defeat for Bush)





http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051217/ap_on_go_co/patriot... ;_ylt=AtXgabzOBtZlP.6fV6LEufSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--
Senate Rejects Extension of Patriot Act

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 1 hour, 2 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - In a stinging defeat for President Bush, Senate Democrats blocked passage Friday of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism at home, depicting the measure as a threat to the constitutional liberties of innocent Americans.

Republicans spurned calls for a short-term measure to prevent the year-end expiration of law enforcement powers first enacted in the anxious days after Sept. 11, 2001. "The president will not sign such an extension," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and lawmakers on each side of the issue blamed the other for congressional gridlock on the issue.

The Senate voted 52-47 to advance a House-passed bill to a final vote, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome the filibuster backed by nearly all Senate Democrats and a handful of the 55 Republicans.

"We can come together to give the government the tools it needs to fight terrorism and protect the rights and freedoms of innocent citizens," said Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., arguing that provisions permitting government access to confidential personal data lacked safeguards to protect the innocent......
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