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Posted at 4:05 PM ET, 02/10/2011

House votes to proceed on Patriot Act extension

By Felicia Sonmez

The House on Thursday voted to proceed on a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counter-terrorism surveillance law, two days after the proposal came up short in a Republican-led effort to approve it under fast-track rules.

The House voted 248-to-176 to proceed on the measure, with nine lawmakers not voting. Only four Republicans voted on Thursday against proceeding, in contrast to the 26 who opposed the bill on Tuesday night.

The four Republicans voting "no" on Thursday were Reps. Ron Paul (Texas), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Raul Labrador (Idaho) and Tom McClintock (Calif.). All four had opposed the measure on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 172 Democrats voted against proceeding Thursday, up from the 148 who voted "no" on Tuesday.

The House is expected to easily pass the measure when it comes up for a final vote, likely early next week. Then it will get sent on to the Senate, where lawmakers are debating three separate proposed timelines.

The Patriot Act provisions are set to expire on Feb. 28 if Congress does not act to extend them.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 10, 2011; 4:05 PM ET
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I imagine the government people think they're doing the right thing, investigating American citizens without probable cause, but they're not. You can't defend liberty by taking it away. It wasn't acceptable when Bush did it, and it's not acceptable when Obama does it.

Posted by: lonquest | February 11, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The suspicion has been confirmed.

The Teapublicans are hippocritters.

Simply based on procedure and not on issue, they voted one way one time and the other way the other time.

I'd trust the outcome of "eenie, meenie, miney mo.." more than what the Teapublicans might do!

Posted by: kishorgala | February 11, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Huey Long said "They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen."

Until the American public revolts against the control of the two party system, the only change will be more corrupt control of our life. The Tea Party has started a movement but I fear there are more Americans posting on blogs than there are Americans willing to work for change out in the open.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | February 11, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

And so the invasion on our civil rights will continue; government will remain bigger and more invasive. Both Republicans and Tea Party should be proud.
Another fraud committed against the citizens of this country.

Posted by: sober1 | February 11, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If the Tea Party / Republican Party defines itself as 'small government', why does this bit of Big Brother legislation still live?

Posted by: GrampaCaligula | February 11, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Guess the Republicans still want big government following our lives. Is the honeymoon over?

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 10, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: NO-bama | February 10, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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