House Committees Mark Up Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved legislation introduced by reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. The bill (H.R. 3199) makes permanent 14 of the 16 sunsetting provisions as well as two sunsetting provisions from last year's Intelligence Reform Act. The Committee adopted an amendment that extends the sunset provisions for Sections 206 (roving wiretaps) and Section 215 (FISA business records orders) until 2015. The Committee adopted a couple of additional minor amendments. Dozens of other amendments failed. The House Intelligence Committee also amended and approved H.R. 3199 yesterday in a closed mark up. The House is expected to consider the bill on the floor next week. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced similar legislation yesterday reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act, but with modest checks and balances not in the House bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet scheduled a mark up for the Specter/Feinstein bill.