November 19, 2005
How Long Should the Patriot Act's Extension Be?
The Patriot Act will expire December 31, 2005 if Congress does not agree on the Act's sunset provision. The House wants to extend the Act for another 10 years; the Senate for only four. The split-the-difference compromise, seven years, is unacceptable to more that a dozen senators and House members from both parties. The group, according to the Washington Post, announced that it will oppose the House-Senate compromise, employing a Senate filibuster if necessary.
Filibuster for filibuster's sake? Sometimes, I think the Senate just needs to do one to get it out of its "system." So will the compromise of the compromise be 5, 5.5 or 6 years?
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