Congress pushes off PATRIOT Act until next year

Earlier this week, Congress extended the sunset deadline for the sections of the USA PATRIOT Act that were set to expire on December 31, 2009 — Section 215, roving wiretaps, and lone wolf — to February 28, 2010.

When Congress resumes in January for the second session of the 111th Congress, the ALA Washington Office will press on in our efforts to seek reform to this legislation.

We believe the House Judiciary Committee bill,  the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845) — is stronger than the Senate bill and could put Congress back on track to achieve comprehensive reform of our nation’s surveillance laws. Ensuring the provisions of this bill remain in the final version of the reauthorization legislation as well as fighting for additional reforms is necessary for protecting the civil liberties of Americans.

Lynne Bradley, Director
Office of Government Relations

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