House Defeats Extension of PATRIOT Act Provisions

By John R Parkinson

Feb 8, 2011 7:58pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

The House of Representatives fell a few votes short tonight, narrowly failing to pass HR 514 – the Patriot Act Extension.

The vote, 277-148, failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority it needed to pass under the rules of suspensions, falling just seven votes short of a two-thirds majority of those voting and present.

In a largely bipartisan vote, 67 House Democrats voted in favor of its passage while 26 Republicans opposed the extension.

The extension would have prevented three provisions of the somewhat controversial law from expiring at the end of the month. The provisions nearing expiration deal with court-approved roving wiretaps, granting the FBI access to library archives and anything else considered relevant to a terrorism investigation, and the “lone wolf” provision, which approves surveillance of suspected terrorists not linked to a specific terrorist organization.

While some Republicans with Tea Party affiliation opposed the bill, its defeat at first glance does not seem to be completely attributable to them. Veteran GOP members like 20-term Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and 10-term Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Georgia, also voted against the extension.

Here’s a roll call showing how each member voted: link.

Congress still has until the end of the month to figure out a solution to prevent the provisions from expiring.

Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa all have introduced different proposals in the Senate, although it’s unclear which idea might have enough support to move through the Senate and across the Hill for another chance in the House.

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