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.
December 23, 2005 |
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee refused Thursday to accept a Senate decision to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act for six months, giving his approval to only a five-week extension. The much shorter extension passed by voice vote in a near-empty House and by unanimous consent hours later in the Senate, with just one lawmaker -- Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), who lives nearby -- present.
December 22, 2005 |
In a major setback for the White House on a top domestic priority, the Senate on Wednesday passed a six-month extension of the Patriot Act, due to expire Dec. 31, even though President Bush had demanded that most of the law become permanent. The move effectively killed a House-Senate compromise that would have made permanent 14 of the 16 provisions of the statute, which gives law enforcement officials sweeping power to track and prosecute suspected terrorists.
December 16, 2005 |
Republicans struggled Thursday to keep a permanent extension of the Patriot Act on track as critics appeared to gain ground in their bid to derail the anti-terrorism legislation. The two sides were poised for battle on the Senate floor today, where a filibuster was planned to force the framers of a House-backed compromise bill back to the drawing board. The opponents gained momentum when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.