Friday, December 16, 2005

Cloture vote on Patriot Act fails

With 60 votes needed to cut off debate, the Senate vote was 52-47.

A major victory for Russ Feingold & Co.

AP reports:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy, dealing a major defeat to President Bush and Republican leaders.

In a crucial vote Friday morning as Congress raced toward adjournment, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47

Earlier story: Feingold now has numbers on his side.


At 4:18 PM, Blogger Joe Klein said...

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. -- Benjamin Franklin


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