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.
Good to see some bipartisan action. Maybe the rest of the GOP can take note. Obama/Biden 2012
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.
Could we get the link to the full story, instead of the "full story" link going to a picture? Thanks!
The Patriot Act needs to END
The Patriot Act is unconstitutional. That means it's illegal.
Another four more years of lost freedom: A bill in direct conflict with our constitution.
The Patriot Act needs to go away NOW! This is the most unconstitutional thing ever written!!!!
Not good to extend anything the Bush Admin implemented. Not liking this police state bill that tramples on our civil liberties and legal rights.
Bipartisan? There is one party. It consists of the fascist Democrats and the fascist Republicans. Both parties serve the Rothschild and Rockefeller globalist empire.
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!
This is a disgrace to the Constitution.
THis sucks. The Patriot Act is the most UN constitutional act on the books. Get rid of it!
so where is the change at?
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.
I wonder if there were any spending cuts in the Patriot Act?
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.
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?
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.
Why do they keep renewing this bad legislation? it should be called the UN-PATRIOT ACT
just vote Obama2012...period...we are all understanding....current situation...go green, energy efficiency., etc.,,
I have a deal for Congress: Take the PATRIOT ACT off the table, and you might keep your jobs. Sound good?
Please note: The proper name is USA PATRIOT Act.
Seems like the Government is getting ready to take over the people. What's next? Martial Law...
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.