Comment On One Year Extension Of Expiring Provisions Of The USA PATRIOT Act

The Senate tonight passed a one-year extension of expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  The provisions will now expire on February 28, 2011.

“I would have preferred to add oversight and judicial review improvements to any extension of expiring provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act.  A bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced compromise legislation to the full Senate for consideration more than four months ago.  Since then, I have worked with Senator Kyl, Senator Feinstein, members in the House, and the Senate leadership to make further improvements to this legislation, and the bill is strongly supported by the administration.  The USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act should be an example of what Democrats and Republicans can accomplish when we work together but I understand some Republican Senators objected to passing the carefully crafted national security, oversight, and judicial review provisions in this legislation.”

In September, Leahy introduced the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act to reauthorize expiring provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act and strengthen congressional oversight.  The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation to the full Senate in a bipartisan vote on October 8.  A Committee report was filed on November 10.  The USA PATRIOT Act is currently slated to expire on February 28.

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