At least the House is. And the Senate isn’t too “obstructionist” either. From the Boston Globe:
House Votes to Extend PATRIOT Act With Few Changes
The House voted, 315 to 97, to extend the Patriot Act, sending the bill to President Obama. Without the bill, the provisions would expire Sunday.
The Senate approved the extension Wednesday. The privacy protections were cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Some in Congress had sought to increase restrictions and scrutiny on the government’s authority to spy on Americans and seize their records….The three sections of the Patriot act that would stay in force:
■ Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.
■ Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in antiterrorism operations.
■ Permit surveillance against what’s called a “lone wolf,” a non-citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.
(Emphasis added.)Published in