Congressional leaders reach deal on Patriot Act
May 19th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressional leaders reach deal on Patriot Act

Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Congressional leaders have agreed on a tentative deal that would extend the Patriot Act for four years.

The deal to extend the expiring law was sealed today by Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to senior Democratic and Republican sources.

The move would largely take the issue off the table for the next election by extending the law well beyond November 2012.


Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    Good to see some bipartisan action. Maybe the rest of the GOP can take note. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. A Kickin' Donkey

    I'm sure either some very liberal bloggers [or some right-wingers PRETENDING to be liberals] will express outrage that the Patriot Act will continue.

    While I oppose the patriot act as a means for the government to wire tap and evesdrop on American citizens without getting the Constitutionally Mandated warrants & court orders, I think it is smart politics for the Dems to keep this off the table in 2012.

    President Obama has successfully CRUSHED the GOP's ability to hang the "Wimp" or "Soft-on-Defense" or "Doesn't-Support-The-Troops" or "Pals-Around-With-Terrorists" or "Won't-Keep-America-Safe" LABELS on the Democratic Party with the ELIMINATION of Osama bin Laden.

    He can peel the Patriot Act back managerially through how the Justice Department conducts itself. And oppose it out right AFTER he is RE-ELECTED.

    May 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Steve

    Could we get the link to the full story, instead of the "full story" link going to a picture? Thanks!

    May 19, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The Patriot Act needs to END

    May 19, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Tired of the nonsense

    The Patriot Act is unconstitutional. That means it's illegal.

    May 19, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Tom

    Another four more years of lost freedom: A bill in direct conflict with our constitution.

    May 19, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. StateOHockey

    The Patriot Act needs to go away NOW! This is the most unconstitutional thing ever written!!!!

    May 19, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Republican Robber Baron

    Not good to extend anything the Bush Admin implemented. Not liking this police state bill that tramples on our civil liberties and legal rights.

    May 19, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. StupidWhinyLiberal

    Bipartisan? There is one party. It consists of the fascist Democrats and the fascist Republicans. Both parties serve the Rothschild and Rockefeller globalist empire.

    May 19, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. John Nemesh

    And four years from now, there will be yet another extension! This is crap! I am tired of our civil rights, our CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHTS, being eroded to "protect" us from "terrorism"! ENOUGH!

    May 19, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Matt

    This is a disgrace to the Constitution.

    May 19, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. david arkman

    THis sucks. The Patriot Act is the most UN constitutional act on the books. Get rid of it!

    May 19, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. ECD

    so where is the change at?

    May 19, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Tony

    Youno longer live in a free Republic when your represntatives will let the Budget, Healthcare and jobs collapse in this country but will keep the Patriot act renewed for four years the moment it seems to run out.

    May 19, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. oregonian101

    I wonder if there were any spending cuts in the Patriot Act?

    May 19, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. bill

    You mean to tell me the reason to keep this Constitutional shredding machine is to not have a debate that would bring the citizens of America a chance to vote on their rights being trampled by the insane people in Washington.

    May 19, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. swin

    Good to see that when it comes to extending the power of government over the citizens and infringing on their freedoms, both parties can reach consensus. Do you really think there is any difference between the Republicans and the Democrats?

    May 19, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Garrett

    Great, we can be bipartisan when we violate our citizens.

    Gotta love that guy's post too, let's dump everything on Obama and praise a violation of our civil rights.

    May 19, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Bob

    Why do they keep renewing this bad legislation? it should be called the UN-PATRIOT ACT

    May 19, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. diridi

    just vote Obama2012...period...we are all understanding....current situation...go green, energy efficiency., etc.,,

    May 19, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Public Enemy Number 2

    I have a deal for Congress: Take the PATRIOT ACT off the table, and you might keep your jobs. Sound good?

    May 19, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. BSA Officer

    Please note: The proper name is USA PATRIOT Act.

    May 19, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Dain Rudolph

    Seems like the Government is getting ready to take over the people. What's next? Martial Law...

    May 19, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Norman Paperman

    Awesome! Not.

    May 19, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Max

    I find it hysterical the same GOP reps who ran for election in 2010 on a platform of a strict interpretation of the Constitution are endorsing the Patriot Act, which does nothing but take a massive dump on personal rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Political hypocrisy knows no bounds. What a joke- they moan about the government overstepping its bounds on things like health care, but don't care about giving the government the right to throw US citizens in jail indefinitely for no reason.

    May 19, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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