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Action Alert! USA PATRIOT Act – 2nd vote next week

The House will vote again next week on HR 514 to extend the expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  HR 514 failed to pass on February 8th because it did not get a 2/3 majority vote—a requirement of bills on the suspension calendar.  The vote next week will be under normal rules and will require only a simple majority in order to pass.

The American Library Association (ALA) is asking people to contact members of the House and ask them to vote against HR 514 and instead support S 290, which includes preferred proposed changes.  You may use Capwiz to do so.  (ALA is also asking people to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding S 290, but Maryland has no members on this committee.)

See the earlier posting for the voting record of Maryland’s representatives and links to additional information.  Updated information on this scheduled new vote is available on the District Dispatch.  Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

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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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