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Posted at 8:07 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Jane Harman says Patriot Act extension passed, but it didn't

By Felicia Sonmez

California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman is departing the House to become the new president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars -- but it appears she may have already partially checked out of Congress.

In a statement Tuesday night, Harman claimed that a measure on extending key provisions of the Patriot Act "passed the House by a vote of 277-148."

The problem: the measure still didn't pass the House. It fell short of the two-thirds needed under fast-track rules.

Harman's full statement is after the jump.

HARMAN STATEMENT ON RENEWAL OF EXPIRING PROVISIONS OF THE PATRIOT ACT

~ Lawmaker says: "We are missing a second opportunity today to narrow these over-broad counterterrorism authorities." ~

Washington, DC -- Representative Jane Harman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism & Intelligence, today issued the following statement regarding her vote on the expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act. The bill passed the House by a vote of 277-148.

"I am reluctantly supporting the extension of the PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 because I do not think the FISA provisions should lapse. Roving wiretaps and access to business records are critical tools used by our intelligence and law enforcement communities, but which require careful oversight. We are missing a second opportunity today to narrow these over-broad counterterrorism authorities.

"The good news about this vote is that it is only a short-term extension. Congress will have another opportunity to refine the scope of the FISA provisions at the end of the year.

"I am also pleased to hear that Attorney General Holder will require transparency safeguards like public reports and increased judicial oversight - elements of Senator Leahy's much-needed tightening legislation."

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 8, 2011; 8:07 PM ET
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Comments

I have not stopped laughing at this illiterate woman since reading her comments. First she does not know the outcome of the vote in which she was a first hand witness, and second for the loony liberals to be whining about the failing of the Patriot Act which they, nearly unanimously, opposed at its inception. Once again the liberals not only cannot make up their minds, but now do not even seem to know what they want.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | February 10, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I have not stopped laughing at this illiterate woman since reading her comments. First she does not know the outcome of the vote in which she was a first hand witness, and second for the loony liberals to be whining about the failing of the Patriot Act which they, nearly unanimously, opposed at its inception. Once again the liberals not only cannot make up their minds, but now do not even seem to know what they want.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | February 10, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

"I am reluctantly supporting the extension of the PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005..."

Good riddance. And she's leaving to run a think tank named after another authoritarian progressive. Perfect. Get all their command/control group think in one place where they can cause the least amount of damage to the country.

Posted by: millionea81 | February 9, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Thank god that the CIA's representative (not Californian's) in the House is leaving. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

In reality, this should be a requirement of ALL legislation - a two thirds, or, better yet, three fourths majority.

If a piece of legislation isn't good enough to command at least three fourths of our "representatives" votes, it shouldn't be foisted on the rest of us.

I would propose a Constitutional amendment requiring seventy five percent of ALL members, not just those present, to enact ANY legislation.

For a bill that would create any new bureaucracy, a ninety five percent majority would be required.

This MIGHT serve to keep government down to its necessary functions (if there really are any, a point that is debatable) and as inoffensive as possible.

Posted by: LibertyRising | February 9, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

With the kind of "Truth Leader" we have in the WH, Harman doesn't need to follow the facts before making statements like this.
The Dems have an established record on their form of truth! Like Napolitano talking about how safe the border is. She can make it look that way from D.C., but not down here in the real world. Holder and "transparancy" in the same statement?Makes fraud look good. Then there's Gibbs. (Parden me while I puke)
Maybe these idiots all think they can/should "seal their record"! After all, it works for Kenya Boy!

Posted by: TexRancher | February 9, 2011 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I seem to recall that, during the Bush Administration, anyone who questioned any aspect of the Patriot act was instantly attacked by the right-wing noise machine for coddling terrorists, inviting attack and worse, hating freedom!

Let's see what happens now that a large fraction of the GOP is realizing how badly Bush screwed up. He can't even travel outside the country for fear of arrest on War Crimes. I'm waiting for The RepubliCorp PR department, aka Fox News, to start attacking those America-hating Tea Party members. Sarah? Rush?.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 9, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I seem to recall that, during the Bush Administration, anyone who questioned any aspect of the Patriot act was instantly attacked by the right-wing noise machine for coddling terrorists, inviting attack and worse, hating freedom!

Let's see what happens now that a large fraction of the GOP is realizing how badly Bush screwed up. He can't even travel outside the country for fear of arrest on War Crimes. I'm waiting for The RepubliCorp PR department, aka Fox News, to start attacking those America-hating Tea Party members. Sarah? Rush?.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 9, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Harman seems to have voted with the majority Republicans (but not the Tea Party) to pass this legislation, and then makes a statement to "explain" her vote which helps suppress civil liberties. The sooner she leaves congress, the better off we all will be.

Posted by: Munir1 | February 8, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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