PATRIOT Act amendment fails, sunset extended

On Friday, the House defeated Conyers Amendment #524 to HR 1, the Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 Budget.  It would have made improvements to reader privacy in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

Additionally, both the House and Senate passed a bill to extend the sunset of three provisions of the PATRIOT Act that were set to expire soon.  These provisions, one of which is Section 215, will now expire at the end of May 2011.  The president is expected to sign the bill.  This will allow another three months of debate over improvements, such as those in Amendment #524.

For a few more details, see the District Dispatch posting.

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