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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

House rejects measure that would extend key Patriot Act provisions through December

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 7:15 p.m.

A measure to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law through December failed the House Tuesday night, with more than two-dozen Republicans bucking their party to oppose the measure.

The House measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and required a two-thirds majority for passage, failed on a 277-to-148 vote. Twenty-six Republicans voted with 122 Democrats to oppose the measure, while 67 Democrats voted with 210 Republicans to back it. Ten members did not vote.

The measure would have extended three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire on Monday, Feb. 28, unless Congress moves to reauthorize them. One of the provisions authorizes the FBI to continue using roving wiretaps on surveillance targets; the second allows the government to access "any tangible items," such as library records, in the course of surveillance; and the third is a "lone wolf" provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act that allows for the surveillance of targets who are not connected to an identified terrorist group.

The vote came as several tea party-aligned members of the new freshman class had been expressing doubts about the measure.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who highlighted his opposition to the law during his upstart 2010 Senate campaign, signaled Monday that he may vote ultimately vote against an extension when the measure comes up in the Senate, likely later this month.

"I've had a lot of reservations about the Patriot Act," Paul said when asked whether he's leaning toward voting for an extension. "We're reviewing it and we're going over it, and we will have something out probably in the next couple of days," he added. "We won't be shy about it when it comes out."

Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), was among the trio of Republican lawmakers who opposed the Patriot Act when the House approved it in October 2001.

Some young conservative lawmakers, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), had not yet decided how they would vote ahead of Tuesday night; Chaffetz later said in an interview after the vote that he had indeed decided to support the measure. A spokesperson for Chaffetz's Utah colleague, conservative freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R), did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, one of the Senate's newly-elected moderate Republicans, Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), said Monday that he's likely to vote in favor of extending the Patriot Act provisions, adding that "it would be smart" for the Senate to back a three-year extension.

"Having it disappear is not the right answer," Kirk said.

Some Democrats opposed to the Patriot Act had seized on Tuesday's vote as an opportunity to question tea-party-backed lawmakers' reverence for the Constitution.

Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who voted against the measure in 2001, released a statement Monday calling Tuesday's House vote "the tea party's first test."

"The 112th Congress began with a historic reading of the U.S. Constitution," Kucinich said. "Will anyone subscribe to the First and Fourth Amendments tomorrow when the PATRIOT Act is up for a vote? I am hopeful that members of the Tea Party who came to Congress to defend the Constitution will join me in challenging the reauthorization."

The Patriot Act has long been an issue that has not divided neatly along party lines. Former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold was the only senator to originally vote against the measure in 2001 and was among the law's most outspoken opponents. But as portions of the law have come up for reauthorization over the years, its opponents have often included both Republican and Democratic members.

The White House on Tuesday said in a statement that it "does not object" to extending the three Patriot Act provisions until December 2011 although it "would strongly prefer" an extension until December 2013, noting that the longer timeline "provides the necessary certainty and predictability" that law enforcement agencies require while at the same time ensuring congressional oversight by maintaining a sunset.

In addition to the House legislation, the Senate is considering three competing timelines, including proposals that would permanently extend the three provisions or extend them through 2013. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), both of whom have introduced competing proposals, said Monday that committee members continue to work toward an agreement but declined to speculate as to the end result.

"We're working on that this week," Leahy said. "It's got to be done. ... I don't want it to be a situation where none of them go through."

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 8, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
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I can't tell you how happy I am to read these posts demonizing the Patriot Act. I have been ranting about this for a while now and people around me really do not seem to care about it. Is it because there have been so many atrocities levied against the US public -perpetrated by our own government? We still want our Government to come to our rescue, that is why this Bill was and still is so appealing to many- but we are not in Camelot anymore. The cost is too high. Our soldiers have fought and died for these freedoms that we SO WILLINGLY GIVE AWAY, it boggles my mind. Thank you, thank you to all of you here who are speaking out against these invasions on our Constitution. It's a good thing. "Disention is the highest form of Patriotism" Thomas Jefferson(although Not sure if t was TJ, there is a conlict on who said that). The other positive thing that has come out since the Boy Bush years and now the Obama regime is that we now know that neither party, Dems or Pub's, are on our side. They are on corporate america 's side who is on the CFR's side. That is why we need to put down our partisonship and look at the person who will best restore our Republic in 2012 - and do MAD homework on that candidate. It doesn't sound like a positive but at least we know where we now stand stand and that is half the battle.

Posted by: juli2 | February 9, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The most significant aspect of this story is that it begs the question, how do House Republicans stand to profit from letting these provisions elapse? Those boys are very, very clever when it comes to figuring crooked angles for making money with their legislative votes.

Posted by: rodtanner | February 9, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Check out the jive talk from a GOP Florida freshman who didn't get the Tea Party memo:

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), a freshman who voted yes, said the measure is "going to need some examination going forward, so all I did today is just, hey, instead of making a wrong decision, we're just going to do a little more due diligence to make the very right decision to both protect our security as well as protect the civil liberties of the American people."

Wow.

Posted by: millionea81 | February 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

This is long overdue. You can't claim we have rights if you take them away. When that happens, the tense changes to the past. We had rights until some dipwad politician took them from us without consent.

Posted by: Nymous | February 8, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL, that just means that they have not gotten enough "Payoff" money yet lol.

www.anon-tools.tk

Posted by: clermontpc | February 8, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

This is one of those areas where liberals will find the Tea Party folks to be their allies, I think. Liberals probably had a real chance at one point to forge an alliance with some Tea Party folks and libertarian-leaning conservatives on killing federal handouts for corporations and ending overreaching government activities like many of those under the Patriot Act, if only liberals hadn't been so occupied calling people "teabaggers" and vilifying them publicly at every opportunity. Perhaps this alliance will still form on votes like this one now that people are in office making decisions instead of spouting campaign rhetoric, but the far left and far right do actually agree quite a lot on a few of these issues, especially on matters of government intrusiveness.

Posted by: blert | February 8, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Nissl @8:05. I too am pleasantly surprised by that the Tea Party Republicans showed some spine. However, before you jump to the conclusion that you should give the GOP serious thought in 2012, look carefully at the numbers: 26 Republicans voted with 122 Democrats to oppose extending the provisions; 67 Democrats voted with 210 to extend. In other words, the vast majority of the votes to extend the law came from Republicans.

As to why they did, look no farther than the recent WAPO investigative series, "A Secret World". Spying on everyone including each other is big business in the USA and generates lots of campaign contributions and lots of jobs in elected representatives' home districts. We don't have money for a decent health care system but we do now have local police forces using federal grants to buy drones with cameras.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/a-hidden-world-growing-beyond-control/

Posted by: exco | February 8, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Nissl @8:05. I too am pleasantly surprised by that the Tea Party Republicans showed some spine. However, before you jump to the conclusion that you should give the GOP serious thought in 2012, look carefully at the numbers: 26 Republicans voted with 122 Democrats to oppose extending the provisions; 67 Democrats voted with 210 to extend. In other words, the vast majority of the votes to extend the law came from Republicans.

As to why they did, look no farther than the recent WAPO investigative series, "A Secret World". Spying on everyone including each other is big business in the USA and generates lots of campaign contributions and lots of jobs in elected representatives' home districts. We don't have money for a decent health care system but we do now have local police forces using federal grants to buy drones with cameras.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/a-hidden-world-growing-beyond-control/

Posted by: exco | February 8, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Now repeal this piece of unconstitutional garbage that was based on another pile of unconstitutional garbage "authored" by none other than Joe Biden who proudly calls himself the "Father of the Patriot Act"

In an October, 2001 New Republic article, Michael Crowley recounted that Biden was continuously boasting that the terrorism bill sent to Congress by John Ashcroft (soon to be called The Patriot Act) was a replica of legislation that Biden had long advocated -- ever since the Oklahoma City courthouse bombing: "I introduced the terrorism bill in '94 that had a lot of these things in it," he bragged to NBC's Tim Russert on September 30. When I spent the day with him later that week, Biden mentioned the legislation to me, and to several other reporters he encountered, no fewer than seven times. "When I was chairman in '94 I introduced a major anti-terrorism bill--back then," he says in the morning, flashing a knowing grin and pausing for effect. (Never mind that he's gotten the year wrong.) Back in his office later that afternoon, he brings it up yet again. "I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing. And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill."

Posted by: frogland | February 8, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Unwittingly..that means they will not get funding///\\\

Posted by: pdq5 | February 8, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

This issue crosses the political spectrum and it's good to see Conservatives going against it and not just liberals. It is a direct violation if the 1st and 4th Amendments. Not only that, it's been used improperly by the FBI for investigations that have nothing to do with national security and are just standard criminal cases. As for Obama, he's increasingly a disappointment to both sides of the political spectrum.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | February 8, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Republicans support the Constitution as long as it doesn't prevent them from spying on American citizens with impunity.

To Republicans, the 4th Amendment is just a silly part of a living document that can be tossed out on a whim.

Don't believe me, just as George W. Bush, the last Republican Congress and the current Republican House.

Posted by: Miss_Fedelm | February 8, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I thought only liberals did not like the Patriot Act. I guess the tea party does not like it either.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 8, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Now the the SOBs can wrap them selves up in the flag and fart a little more of their hog wash patriotism.

Posted by: winemaster2 | February 8, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful news that the Patriot Act was voted down! Maybe we can reclaim life under the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. Brave lawmakers to vote this way. Thank you! It was the right thing to do! Too many terrible things happened in knee-jerk response to 9-11. The unprecedented expansion of FEMA, for example....Next get a handle on the Obama/FEMA takeover of the Emergency Broadcast System (internet and broadcast media) for "emergency" messages from President. Big story here that needs to be covered about gaining the ability to shut down websites just like Mubarek did in Egypt. This is a head-on attack on the First Amendment. Stand Up against that, too!

Posted by: N4mYourself | February 8, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by PaulRevere4:
"This Patriot Act is the part of the reasons why the Global Elite and Obama are having so much of their way with us!"

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You realize who passed and signed this legislation into law, don't you?

Posted by: sloppyawn | February 8, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Constitution versus Patriot Act

How is this a tough choice?

Posted by: SpeakEasy3 | February 8, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

"lone wolf" provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act that allows for the surveillance of targets who are not connected to an identified terrorist group. Read: everyone else.
Kill the bill.

Posted by: coogene | February 8, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I have too say I'm impressed with these legislators. No more walking in lockstep to wipe their feet on the Constitution. Impressed indeed. Maybe one day Republican and Nazi won't sound so much alike. But that is down the road a bit.

Posted by: ElectricBill | February 8, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

If this Patriot Act doesn't get shut down, than there would be no point to having had the Congressional elections and replacing the six Senators we did manage to get in, would and will all be for nothing!

This Patriot Act is the part of the reasons why the Global Elite and Obama are having so much of their way with us!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | February 8, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Repeal this stink of the Cheney years. That's the message my Reps will get from me.

Posted by: rowens1 | February 8, 2011 11:23 AM
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Couldn't have said it better.

Posted by: 5inchtaint | February 8, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Surprise they didn't put a provision in to let banks and health care comapnies have the same powers.

That's where its headed folks.............

Posted by: wesatch | February 8, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

100% of people in this room totally oppose the Patriot Act, echoing the sentiments of America at large. ON WHAT AUTHORITY does Obama submit us to this tyranny? I raised money and spent dozens of hours campaigning for Obama. I want him out of office asap.

Posted by: americanjew1971 | February 8, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

our individual rights must be protected at all costs, bills that take rights away from people inevidably leads to abuse unless like in this case our representatives vote the will of the people. Two thumbs up on this one.

Posted by: greenstheman | February 8, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Tea Party Reps actually backing up all that libertarian talk with votes. Count me impressed, and a bit more open to voting (R) in 2012 than I was yesterday.

Posted by: Nissl | February 8, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Expect cheney to emerge from his spider hole tomorrow to spew more hatred and fear.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 8, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Less government surveillance is a good idea. The Patriot Act is a prime example of overly intrusive government. Kill it.

Posted by: samsara15 | February 8, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

We will remember who voted to extended the bill in 2012.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 8, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Original vote on the so-called PATRIOT Act: House 357 to 66, Senate 98 to 1, signed by Bush-43, November 2001.

Re-authorized without modifications by House and Senate ('voice vote' in the Senate: you aren't entitled to know who voted how), signed by Obama, March 2010.

I never expected anything but the worst from Bush-43. But Obama had his chance to live up to his words last March. As with so many things, he was 100% disappointment.

Obama = Bush... Bush = Obama...

Dems = Pubs... Pubs = Dems...

Posted by: srb2 | February 8, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised to find that I agree with anything the Tea Party supports, but the patriot act is a bad law and should be abolished.

Posted by: greeenmtns | February 8, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

One nation, under surveillance.

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 8, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Even the parts of the Laws which are okay are horribly written according to every expert I have ever heard.
Allowing the FBI to authorize its own warrants has resulted in a massive overflow data and wasted efforts.

They should take a year and carefully update the wire tap laws with respect for the Constitution. The one thing that has to go is the right of the President to declare any organization a terrorist organization without the possibility of appeal. Of course its limited to international organization, but the requirements are so weak a trip to Mexico city could meet them.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | February 8, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

This is great news. The mainstream media doesn't even know how to spin this yet.

Posted by: wideblacksky | February 8, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Chalk up another win for regaining our individual liberties that were stolen from us during the corrupt Bush/Cheney Administration.

Posted by: kerryberger | February 8, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans actually oppose the Patriot Act? Damn! Who says miracles don't happen.

This is the greatest event since the Declaration of Independence.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 8, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes it's past time that the Patriot Act be ended. Thank you representatives!

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 8, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes this abortion on justice and rights needs to be repealed.
The R's jumped on the independant/liberalist bandwagon early in the last elections because they saw the handwriting on the wall. They better not forget what that message was.

Posted by: kev4 | February 8, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

It's not going away. Wake up folks, we (Americans) have sold ourselves down the river and there's not only no paddle, there isn't even a canoe. "They" weren't listening then and they're not listening now, and they never will. Our "security" has been financed with our freedom. Don't worry, though. The life of a sheep isn't bad - until that last trot down the chute to the slaughter.

Posted by: TheDiz | February 8, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Trample on the First and Fourth Amendments but worship the Second. Cheney's Chriscons cherry-pick their Constitution like they do their scriptures and their morals.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 8, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

This pretty much proves that that stunt of reading the Constitution last month was a dog-n-pony show. There is so much in there that is unconstitutional, it reeks. And no one except the Paul family, it seems, has the stones to stand up to it.

My rep in Congress is Andy Harris. Dr. Harris, you said you were for smaller government; here's your chance to prove it. Vote against this monstrosity.

Posted by: bucinka8 | February 8, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if the Tea party libertarians who bristle at the idea of citizens giving up 'Freedom' to the Government meant what they say or are they just sad, two-faced sacks of ...

Posted by: thebobbob | February 8, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Kill the bill. Kill it now.

Posted by: Whys | February 8, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Kill the bill. Kill it now.

Posted by: Whys | February 8, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Kill the bill. Kill it now.

Posted by: Whys | February 8, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The strongest stand we could take against terrorism would be to affirm our constitutional liberties, not destroy them.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 8, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

When a pharmaceutical company releases a drug that turns out to be dangerous - they eventually pull it off the shelf. This illustrates that the cure is often more dangerous than the disease.

This is precisely what is wrong with the Patriot Act. The alleged disease provoked a dangerous cure that is stripping our constitutional rights away and turning us into a dangerous police state... a brave new world.

Posted by: alance | February 8, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

They didn't repeal the Obamcare, or the Patriot Act?

Kind of like Mu...barack governance when the people are not listened to isn't it?

Posted by: dottydo | February 8, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

If they do not vote out the Unconstitutional Act....they simply will not be back to serve.

It was the message sent by the people....bad memory?

Posted by: dottydo | February 8, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The wild-eyed Bush-Cheney gang shoved this "Patriotic" law down our throats during the post-9/11 hysteria. Their bizarre law basically repealed the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This crazy law allows government agents to search, seize and keep your personal effects and papers without a proper warrant approved by a judge. It allows the government to arrest and keep somebody in prison without charges or a day in court.

It allows unlimited collection and storage of normal Americans' phone calls, computer usage, financial transactions, medical records, library usage, ad nauseum. Republic Party Senator Orrin Hatch brags that the new storage facility for all of this rubbish, a $1.5 billion boondoggle in his state of Utah, will create 200 jobs.

This fascist "Patriotic" law has basically elimited a major reason America differs from places like Egypt. We have had constitutionally guarantee human rights - until the Republic Party's degenerate "Patriotic" laws were shoved down our throats.

True lovers of individual freedom, the hallmark of our country, and of the right to be left alone by the government, will vote to repeal the "Patriotic" laws.

Then abolish the "Homeland Security Guards," which has a force of 6,700 and which the Republic Party created in 2003. This redundant force of security guards DUPLICATES what the FBI does, adding tens of billions to the deficit. Let the FBI do its job and staff it with leaders who listen to warnings from field agents.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 8, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the surveillance society, courtesy of the "Patriot" Act, Bush & Cheney, and those in Congress who want us, the people, to live in fear.

Posted by: sage5 | February 8, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The last thing this nasty bill should be called is the "Patriot Act". It needs to be repealed and defunded. Then used as an example for a lesson that we never repeat.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 8, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The so-called Patriot Act is an abomination, a recanting of fundamental principals of our founding as a nation, a bureaucratic disgrace, a waste of precious and limited monies of our nation, an affront to freedom and liberty of the citizenry, and a fatal assault of the rule of law! And only a CYA, craven cowardice of our misguided Congress; a raid by military contractors to further loot the treasury; one more tool for corporate plutocracy to steal our country, and stupid, stupid to boot!

Posted by: CHAOTICIAN101 | February 8, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The wild-eyed Bush-Cheney gang shoved this "Patriotic" law down our throats during the post-9/11 hysteria. Their bizarre law basically repealed the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This crazy law allows government agents to search, seize and keep your personal effects and papers without a proper warrant approved by a judge. It allows the government to arrest and keep somebody in prison without charges or a day in court.

It allows unlimited collection and storage of normal Americans' phone calls, computer usage, financial transactions, medical records, library usage, ad nauseum. Republic Party Senator Orrin Hatch brags that the new storage facility for all of this rubbish, a $1.5 billion boondoggle in his state of Utah, will create 200 jobs.

This fascist "Patriotic" law has basically elimited a major reason America differs from places like Egypt. We have had constitutionally guarantee human rights - until the Republic Party's degenerate "Patriotic" laws were shoved down our throats.

True lovers of individual freedom, the hallmark of our country, and of the right to be left alone by the government, will vote to repeal the "Patriotic" laws.

Then abolish the "Homeland Security Guards," which has a force of 6,700 and which the Republic Party created in 2003. This redundant force of security guards DUPLICATES what the FBI does, adding tens of billions to the deficit. Let the FBI do its job and staff it with leaders who listen to warnings from field agents.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 8, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Repeal this intrusive law. I don't care about why,m just do it. So we can at least be a shadow of a nation of free people once again.

Posted by: samsara15 | February 8, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Do not renew any part of the Intrusive-without-warrants Act. It's far from "patriotic". A false name given to it to make you feel un-American if you opposed it. No more. Put it out of our misery.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 8, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The Patriot Act should not be extended. It was a terrible law to begin with and should never have been approved by Congress. It was approved in a time of emergency but now when the need is not so urgent our law makers should either let this law expire or write a new better and less abusive law.

Posted by: OhMy | February 8, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't tell me your sick of too much government and then turn and renew the Patriot Act.

...or admit you don't stick to your principles.

Posted by: vigor | February 8, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

This law is pure bunkum and everybody knows it. Further it gives the ultimate lie to "limited government." It should not be reauthorized under any conditions. We have enough laws on the books to deal with problems that come up, and moreover, we need to adhere to the Geneva Conventions. This law stinks to high heaven.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | February 8, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Repeal the entire "Unpatriot Act" now!

Thank you, Mr. Feingold for originally doing the right thing.

Right on, DaveHarris and rowens1! (comment below)

Posted by: Blarney | February 8, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

This is the law that Bush/Chaney claimed gave them absolute power to do anything whatsoever ("... a nation of men and not laws . . .") This was of course perfectly OK with Republicans, as long as Republicans were in charge. Now they're having second thoughts since the president is an evil black man and illegal immigrant who's stolen their country. Maybe it's not such a good idea to give anyone who says they'll protect you absolute power, even if you are a terrified coward.

Posted by: DaveHarris | February 8, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Repeal this stink of the Cheney years. That's the message my Reps will get from me.

Posted by: rowens1 | February 8, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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