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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Extension of Patriot Act Surveillance Fails in US House: Heinrich, Pearce Vote Yes; Ben Ray Lujan Votes No

The Hill has the story. Vote was 277-148, but the way the vote was structured it needed 290 to pass, or two thirds. A total of 26 Republicans voted no, along with 122 Democrats.

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!

February 8, 2011 at 06:17 PM in Civil Liberties, Homeland Security, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03), Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Steve Pearce | Permalink

Comments

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"!

Terry Riley

Posted by: Terry Riley | Feb 9, 2011 4:51:31 PM