WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to extend for 90 days the legal life of three post-Sept. 11 terrorism-fighting measures, including the use of roving wiretaps, that are set to expire at the end of the month.
The short-term extension gives lawmakers a chance to review the measures that critics from both the right and left say are unconstitutional infringements on personal liberties.
The Senate voted 86-12 a day after the House of Representatives agreed to extend the three provisions, including two from the 2001 USA Patriot Act, until Dec. 8. The two chambers now must agree on a common approach. With Congress in recess next week, there is pressure to reach a compromise this week.
Woody brought up a great point today. With all the bitching and accusations the Democrats did about Bush enacting this piece of liberty-trampling garbage, what have they done to repeal it in the past 2 years? Not a fucking thing. Not only that but now the motherfuckers are going to broaden it.