Monday, February 07, 2011

 

In stealth move, Patriot Act up for renewal in House tomorrow


by Larry Geller

Football’s over now. While Americans were distracted, Congress was plotting.

Washington sources tell us that a Patriot Act renewal bill is scheduled for a vote in the House TOMORROW, Tuesday February 8.

They will attempt to pass the bill, H.R.514, under "suspension of the rules," which requires a two-thirds vote.

[OpEd News, Patriot Act Vote on Tuesday, 2/7/2011]

The same article says that the two-thirds vote is likely.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich has strangely appealed to the Tea Party to save us from Congress’ vice:

The House may vote tomorrow to extend three provisions of the PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that allow the government to conduct domestic surveillance of Americans.

The 112th Congress began with a historic reading of the U.S. Constitution. Will anyone subscribe to the First and Fourth Amendments tomorrow when the PATRIOT Act is up for a vote? I am hopeful that members of the Tea Party who came to Congress to defend the Constitution will join me in challenging the reauthorization.

[Huffington Post, The Tea Party's First Test?, 2/7/2011]]

Here’s the bill: H.R. 514. That website provides a way to communicate with your congressperson on this (do it soon!), or there is Congress.org.


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