March 8, 2006 |
The House renewed the Patriot Act in a cliffhanger vote Tuesday, extending a centerpiece of the war on terrorism at President Bush's urging after months of political combat over the balance between privacy rights and the pursuit of potential terrorists. Bush, forced by filibuster to accept new curbs on law enforcement inquiries, is expected to sign the bill before 16 provisions of the 2001 law expire Friday.
March 1, 2006 |
Congress prepared Tuesday to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Patriot Act as the Senate voted to end a two-month filibuster by Democrats and dissident Republicans who complained the bill ran roughshod over civil liberties. The Senate is expected to vote today to adopt a White House-approved compromise that would reauthorize six controversial provisions of the anti-terrorism law originally set to expire at the end of 2005. Since Jan.
February 11, 2006 |
Legislation to renew the Patriot Act was cleared for final congressional passage Friday when House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) gave his approval to a day-old compromise between the White House and Senate Republicans. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also indicated he would vote for the bill when it came to a vote, possibly next week. The legislation gives federal agents expanded powers to investigate suspected terrorists in the U.S.
February 10, 2006 |
Senate Republicans who had been blocking a long-term extension of the Patriot Act announced Thursday that an agreement reached with the White House could allow reauthorization of the anti-terrorism law. At an afternoon news conference, Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.) said a bipartisan group of lawmakers had worked out changes in three areas where the legislators thought "we could do better to protect civil liberties while providing law enforcement the tools it needs."
February 4, 2006 |
President Bush signed an extension of the Patriot Act at his ranch near Crawford. The legislation extends the anti-terrorism law until March 10 to allow for further negotiations with the Senate to resolve concerns about protecting civil liberties. Bush has sought permanent renewal of the act.
February 3, 2006 |
Congress sent President Bush a second five-week extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday night as Senate negotiators worked to close a deal with the White House on renewing the anti-terrorism law with some new civil liberties protections. "We need the Patriot Act," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said. "I'm prepared to work on it further." Sixteen provisions of the 2001 law were to have expired Dec.
February 2, 2006 |
The House agreed Wednesday to extend the Patriot Act for a month while conservative Republicans and the White House worked out changes intended to protect people from government intrusion. The GOP-controlled House used a voice vote to keep the law in effect until March 10 so negotiators would have more time to come up with a deal. The Senate was expected to follow before the law expires Friday. Just before leaving for Christmas, Congress extended the law until Friday.
February 1, 2006 |
Congress is poised to extend the Patriot Act into March to give the White House and conservative Senate Republicans time to strike a deal that would strengthen civil liberties without weakening efforts to fight terrorism. The House is set to vote today on extending the law until March 10 rather than let it expire Friday. The Senate was expected to follow before the deadline. It would be Congress' second extension of the law. Originally passed five weeks after the Sept.
January 25, 2006 |
Leading Democrats are challenging President Bush's record on civil liberties across a wide front, inspiring a Republican counterattack that even some Democratic strategists worry could threaten the party in this year's elections. From Bush's authorization of warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency to renewal of the Patriot Act, the president and his critics are battling more intently than at any time since the Sept.
December 31, 2005 |
President Bush signed legislation Friday extending key provisions of the Patriot Act until Feb. 3, despite earlier objecting to anything short of permanent renewal. He also signed a $453.3-billion military spending bill that included a measure banning cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners, the White House said. Bush had threatened to veto legislation that contained that provision but backed off after congressional votes showed overwhelming support for the amendment pushed by Sen.