USA PATRIOT Act extension bill fails in House

Last night, the House voted on HR 514—a bill to extend, with no changes, the expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 until December 8, 2011. The bill did not pass.

Maryland’s delegation had an interesting split on the vote:

  • For: Harris, Ruppersberger, Hoyer and Van Hollen
  • Against: Sarbanes, Edwards, Bartlett, Sarbanes

Background information on this bill and issue from the American Library Association (ALA), as well as details on S 290 (a version of the bill that is supported by ALA) are available.

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