Congress Approves Weak PATRIOT Renewal Bill
The House approved a PATRIOT Act renewal bill on Tuesday that lacks meaningful privacy and civil liberties reforms. The Senate passed the bill last week. The bill will now go to President Bush for his signature. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, who voted to renew the PATRIOT Act last week but vowed to continue fighting for reforms, co-sponsored a bill this week (S. 2369) with other Republican and Democratic Senators that contains the civil liberties protections that Congress failed to pass. CDT will urge other members to support Specter's bill.