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Friday, December 23, 2005

 

WaPo: House cuts Patriot Act extension to one month - Dec. 23

House Action Overcomes Senate's Longer Reprieve

By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writer - Friday, Page A01

The House balked yesterday at a Senate plan to extend the USA Patriot Act by six months to give Congress and President Bush more time to work out their differences, instead forcing the Senate and the administration to accept a one-month extension.

At the same time, the House approved a $460 billion defense bill that was shorn of a provision promoted by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) that would have opened Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. But it put off until next year final agreement on a major budget measure that would trim federal spending by nearly $40 billion over five years.

House Judiciary Committee Chair James SensenbrennerHouse Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., left, (R-Wis.) refused to go along with the Senate's 6-month extension yesterday. He demanded that the House pass an extension only through Feb. 3, forcing a few senators to return to the Capitol last night to give the Senate's consent.

"The fact is that a six-month extension, in my opinion, would have simply allowed the Senate to duck the issue until the last week in June," said Sensenbrenner, who had largely prevailed in negotiations with the Senate on a new version of the anti-terrorism law, only to see the compromise blocked by a Senate filibuster. "Now they came pretty close to wrecking everybody's Christmas. I didn't want to put the entire Congress in the position of them wrecking everybody's Independence Day."

Full Washington Post story.

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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