House clears way for PATRIOT Act extension
David Edwards|The Raw Story
The final vote was 248 to 176, largely along party lines. Just 4 Republicans voted against the extension, while only 15 Democrats voted for it.
Under the House bill, the act would be extended until Dec. 8. A vote was planned for Monday.
Democrats protested a Republican plan to hold the vote under the “closed rule,” which prevented amendments.
The last PATRIOT Act extension was passed in Feb. 2010.
Thursday’s House vote paved the way for a second ballot on the PATRIOT Act, allowing it to clear the chamber with a simple majority. An earlier vote failed when it did not obtain a two thirds majority.
The Wednesday vote was 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass it under a procedure that allows bills that aren’t controversial to pass quickly.