December 15, 2005
Senate Vote on Patriot Act Scheduled Tomorrow
AP: Feingold Now Has Numbers on His Side - As the only Senator voting against the Patriot Act in 2001, Feingold's consistent efforts to reform the bill have resulted in a bipartisan group now comprising over 24 Senators who are demanding reforms before reauthorizing the legislation.
Statement by Sen. Russ Feingold: "The Senate is scheduled to vote on cloture - i.e., cutting off debate -- on the Patriot Act conference report tomorrow morning. This will be the crucial vote that will decide if the Patriot Act will be renewed as is, without the responsible and moderate changes that we made in the Senate bill earlier this year, or if the conference committee will go back to the drawing board and come up with a report that makes sense and protects our individual rights."
CNN: "Roving wiretaps and the ability to peek into private medical records are among the provisions of the Patriot Act that will remain intact if the Senate follows the House lead on the bill."