Tom Carper faces a key vote today as Senate Republicans seek votes to foil filibuster on the Patriot Act.
Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senate Republican leaders are struggling to fend off a filibuster of legislation renewing the USA Patriot Act that would expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's power to fight terrorism.
A bipartisan group of opponents of the measure said key provisions would sacrifice civil liberties by granting unrestricted power to the FBI to request personal and business records. The Senate today will vote on a so-called cloture motion to end the filibuster, the unlimited debate that can kill legislation and requires 60 votes to overcome.
Delaware Democrats must hold Carper accountable
if he continues to act like a "Red State" Democrat. It is that simple.
UPDATE: MyDD reports that the cloture vote on the Patriot Act failed 52-47. Big win for Feingold. And America.VIA Yahoo News: The Patriot Act's critics got a boost from a New York Times report saying Bush authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the international phone calls and international e-mails of hundreds — perhaps thousands — of people inside the United States. Previously, the NSA typically limited its domestic surveillance to foreign embassies and missions and obtained court orders for such investigations.