The House voted to extend the expiring Patriot Act provisions yesterday without modification.
Many Representatives stood up to protect the Constitution saying that the Patriot Act should go to a hearing, that we should not be a Nation of sheep. Urging for more powerful oversight.
When the Patriot Act was drafted they purposely provided for Sunsetting of certain provisions. These provisions should be reviewed and hearings must be had before going forward. The reason that a “Sunsetting” (providing for expiration of certain provisions) was included is to protect the American people from a out of control government. Adequate checks and balances are not in place.
*Please read the other posts on this site if you need more background.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing go ahead to 1:06:00 to see the last 2 closing remarks from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Dennis Kucinich.
Rep Mike Thompson spoke to add a MOTION TO RECOMMIT.
This motion was offered to protect US citizens from unjust government spying, to allow person’s accused to be able to talk about their case and also a guarantee of fair treatment for people accused. It states that the Patriot Act should be implemented in a way that would not violate the Constitution. That the Executive Branch should respect the Constitution. It would have provided a protection of America’s civil Liberties in leu of a review of the Patriot Act.
They voiced their votes by saying “Yay” or “Nay”.
The guy running the meeting (never saw his name on screen) started to say that the Yaays have it and then stood stunned, then said the “Nos” have it. Then an electronic count was requested.
It did not pass.
Then when the vote was being taken to pass HR 514 extending the 3 Questionable provisions without amendment, there was a verbal vote. The guy running it took it to be the YAYS had — he was looking to someone else to tell him what to do, eventhough the 2 voices were very close. Then they did the electronic vote.
View Specific Debates regarding The Patriot Act
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View Complete House Proceedings for 2/14/2011