Wednesday, December 21, 2005

More (Unfortunate) News From the Senate

Republican leaders in the Senate were forced to agree to a six month extension of the Patriot Act instead of letting the bill expire at the end of this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday ended a high-stakes impasse and voted to extend for six months key provisions of the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act set to expire in 10 days.

The temporary extension, approved without dissent, would provide time to try to resolve differences over safeguards for civil liberties before making permanent most of the provisions the Bush administration deems vital in its war on terrorism.

This extra time will allow the Dems to water down the bill even further, rather than making it a concrete law like it should be.

What's worse? The Democrats didn't even need to filibuster this time because eight Republicans joined their efforts, citing "civil liberties" concerns.

Will someone please tell me when the Republican Senate majority is going to start acting like one? Or when they'll stop caving to the Dems on everything?