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20. Key Patriot Act provisions rejected by Senate
December 16, 2005
Key Patriot Act provisions rejected by Senate

Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

In a crucial vote early Friday, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47.

President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Republicans congressional leaders had lobbied fiercely to make most of the expiring Patriot Act provisions permanent, and add new safeguards and expiration dates to the two most controversial parts: roving wiretaps and secret warrants for books, records and other items from businesses, hospitals and organizations such as libraries.

Feingold, Craig and other critics said that wasn't enough, and have called for the law to be extended in its present form so they can continue to try and add more civil liberties safeguards. But Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert have said they won't accept a short-term extension of the law.

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  -********OFFICIAL CSPAN-2 PATRIOT ACT2 here DEBATE THREAD PART 3********* maddezmom  Dec-16-05 11:42 AM   #0 
  - kick  maddezmom   Dec-16-05 11:44 AM   #1 
  - Thanks Sen. Corzine! Take care of NJ!  mb7588a   Dec-16-05 11:45 AM   #2 
  - Thanks a whole lot Sen. Corzine  ralps   Dec-16-05 11:46 AM   #5 
  - Silly me didn't know  FreedomAngel82   Dec-16-05 11:48 AM   #9 
  - repukes are blackmailing those who want revisions of the Patriot act.  cry baby   Dec-16-05 11:45 AM   #3 
  - I'm sure he will too  FreedomAngel82   Dec-16-05 11:48 AM   #10 
  - what more appropriate grounds for impeachment- ??? the man  Bluerthanblue   Dec-16-05 11:50 AM   #14 
  - Fascism ... "One Party Rule" is a signature of fascism  TahitiNut   Dec-16-05 11:53 AM   #18 
  - What kind of a fit do you suppose is being pitched at the WH  Skidmore   Dec-16-05 11:46 AM   #4 
  - Bush already downed half the bottle....  Nimrod2005   Dec-16-05 11:50 AM   #13 
  - Byrd now  Viva_La_Revolution   Dec-16-05 11:46 AM   #6 
  - Snotty is doing the briefing right now too! Hope the msm  Pithy Cherub   Dec-16-05 11:47 AM   #7 
  - AND Congratulations to Russ Feingold! YOU did it, my Senator!  mb7588a   Dec-16-05 11:47 AM   #8 
  - Congratulations Sen. Feingold!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!  ralps   Dec-16-05 11:49 AM   #11 
  - He's truly one of the top best's  FreedomAngel82   Dec-16-05 11:49 AM   #12 
  - Yeah, Go Russ!! One more reason I'm proud you're my Senator!  jane_pippin   Dec-16-05 12:14 PM   #28 
  - Congratulations all freedom loving people in America!!!  Nimrod2005   Dec-16-05 11:51 AM   #15 
  - Merely a delay, not a battle yet won. And the war against fascism goes on.  TahitiNut   Dec-16-05 11:55 AM   #19 
  - Is this is the death knoll for the Enabling Act...errr...Patriots Act?  Lyle   Dec-16-05 11:51 AM   #16 
  - FREDDOM IS ON THE MARCH!!! In America.............?  Nimrod2005   Dec-16-05 11:52 AM   #17 
  - The Enabling Act  Clara T   Dec-16-05 11:59 AM   #21 
     - Yep. This sounds familiar.  Lyle   Dec-16-05 12:02 PM   #22 
     - You're being a little exaggerative  Terran1212   Dec-16-05 12:21 PM   # 
  - Key Patriot Act provisions rejected by Senate  Viva_La_Revolution   Dec-16-05 11:57 AM   #20 
  - Sen. Lautenberg up now talking about Sen. Corzine  ralps   Dec-16-05 12:02 PM   #23 
  - Looks like the Dems are just going to talk as long as they need to talk  Walt Starr   Dec-16-05 12:04 PM   #24 
  - Should Feingold's office be flooded with $47 donations to reward  BR_Parkway   Dec-16-05 12:04 PM   #25 
  - Check out his Progressive Patriots fund too, if you haven't:  jane_pippin   Dec-16-05 12:18 PM   #31 
  - Since Dodd didn't vote  MadisonProgressive   Dec-16-05 12:13 PM   #26 
  - I had asked a question earlier about the 3-month extension...  Wordie   Dec-16-05 12:14 PM   #27 
  - It can. Frist is just hedging his bets and threatening those  janx   Dec-16-05 12:15 PM   #29 
     - What a bully.  helderheid   Dec-16-05 12:17 PM   #30 
     - Well, I hope the hypocrisy of the tactic is spread all over the MSM!! eom  Wordie   Dec-16-05 12:21 PM   #32 
  - We should thank ALL the Senators who signed the "Dear Colleague" letter  Wordie   Dec-16-05 12:28 PM   #33 
  - The Patriot Act Debate seems to be on again  ralps   Dec-16-05 01:05 PM   #34 
     - Byrd kicking some good butt  maddezmom   Dec-16-05 01:45 PM   #35 

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