Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Extension of Patriot Act Surveillance Fails in US House: Heinrich, Pearce Vote Yes; Ben Ray Lujan Votes No
The Republican bill would have extended elements of the Patriot Act and related legislation to continue surveillance of business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011. Sadly, President Obama supported the bill. Even worse, he wanted a longer, three-year extension.
I'm disappointed that Rep. Martin Heinrich (D, NM-01) voted yes, along with Republican Steve Pearce (NM-02). Bravo to Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-03), who voted no!
Not only am I disappointed that Rep Heinrich voted "yes" on the re-authorization but I am DISGUSTED by his vote.
Posted by: VP | Feb 9, 2011 11:53:26 AM
Does Rep. Heinrich understand he was reelected thanks in large part to the grassroots efforts of progressives? Why the hell would he vote yes on continuing the practices of the Bush administration?
Posted by: Voter | Feb 9, 2011 1:13:50 PM
As we know, the "Patriot Act" is not patriotic to the Bill of Rights. It is not patriotic to our Constitution. We must call or write to Congressman Heinrich and explain to him that we do not want the "Patriot Act"!
Posted by: Terry Riley | Feb 9, 2011 4:51:31 PM