Patriot Act Extension Fails In The House

02.09.11 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  An extension of the Patriot Act fell seven votes short of passing Tuesday night in an embarrassing setback for House Republicans.  More than two-dozen House GOP members bucked their party to oppose the measure which would have extended three key provisions in the counterterrorism law.

The bill reauthorizing key parts of the counter-terrorism surveillance law required a super-majority to pass, but fell short after 26 Republicans voted against the measure.  Republicans, who control the House, say they plan to bring the measure back for a quick vote later this month under normal rules which require just a simple majority for passage.