Thursday, March 02, 2006

Senate Ends Stalemate Over Patriot Act

"The renewal of the USA Patriot Act is heading for final passage in the Senate after majority Republicans broke a two-month stalemate over the legislative centerpiece of President Bush's war on terrorism. Overwhelming support for the two-bill package during several initial votes this week virtually assured Senate passage Thursday afternoon. [...] Feingold and his allies complained that the restrictions on government power would be virtually meaningless in practice. Though small, his group of four objectors represented progress for Feingold. In 2001, he cast the lone vote against the original Patriot Act, citing concerns over the new powers it granted the FBI." - story