12.16.09

Comment On Two-Month Extension Of Expiring Provisions Of The USA PATRIOT Act

Senate and House leaders have included a two-month extension of expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act in the Department of Defense appropriations bill.

“I am disappointed that House and Senate leaders were not able to reach an agreement to enact the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act before December 31.  More than two months ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported legislation to extend these expiring provisions for four years, and to strengthen congressional oversight of these intelligence and law enforcement tools.  The carefully crafted legislation advanced by the Judiciary Committee is backed by the administration, and received bipartisan support.  I have appreciated the efforts that Senator Kyl and Senator Feinstein have made to work with me on this legislation.  I hope the Senate will promptly consider the legislation reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee when it returns in January.”

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.

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