House Approves 5 Week Extension for Patriot Act
AP: "The House passed a five-week extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday and sent it to the Senate as Congress scrambled to prevent expiration of anti-terror law enforcement provisions on Dec. 31."From Pelosi Statement on One-Month Extension of Patriot Act: "Mr. Speaker, there is a very crucial debate in this country today about the rights of American citizens to privacy, and about the proper role of the Congress and the courts in assuring that no one – not even the President – tramples on those basic private rights without complying with the law. In this atmosphere, it is appropriate to give additional time to examine the implications of these controversial provisions of the Patriot Act."
Sensenbrenner Statement on House Passage of PATRIOT Act Extension Until February 3, 2006