Congressional leaders reach deal on Patriot Act
May 19th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
12 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. repeat

    same boss as the old boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Mike

    Surprising! Before he (Obama) got elected, he was opposing everything including the Patriot Act of Bush. This time, he is oaky with it. I think he need more even. Anyway this the world we live!

    May 19, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Bob

    The Patriot Act is nothing but a misguided vision, implemented post 9-11 in an era of fear. There is nothing patriotic about spying on American citizens in the name of "terrorism". This bi-partisanship continues to highlight these politicians lack of understanding of the bill, or worse, their intentional subversion of American Freedom.

    May 19, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. repeat

    bush-obama, and the difference is ??????????????

    May 19, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Cam Shaw

    "good to see some bipartisan action"? You're a fool! The Patriot Act does zero for the American citizen, besides take away their rights. Pull your head out of your arse, neither party gives a damn about you or me. If you had a brain, you would see that.

    May 19, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Guy

    It never will be removed, for better or worse.
    It's just important to understand what is good and bad about the Act, and where there needs to be some degree of revision.

    Can't say I'm surprised it was extended though.

    May 19, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. MN Patriot

    And someone actually believes that the powers that be would allow the tool for the enslavement of the common American would be allowed to expire?

    May 19, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Nunya

    So what sort of 'deal'? It's all extended so the Democrats just caved?

    May 19, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Jesseca5

    That just about cinches it for Al Bin Obama. It looks like the country will be in for four more years of misguided directions from the oval office and the congress. The GOP may as well pick up their marbles and go home....they have lost big.

    May 19, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. typical forum poster


    May 19, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. American Citizen

    What politician today wouldn't vote for something with the name "Patriot" attached to it..??!!
    The naming of this shameful and incredibly unpatriotic "act" is a sick joke!
    The most "Patriotic" thing Congress could do is expose it for what it is, and get rid of it!
    Give us all of our Constitutional rights back, and don't ever restrict them again.

    May 19, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Dave

    Party of the We have had enough.....Clean Sweep and start over. Even a rookie cannot do as much damage as these career idiots.

    May 19, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Adam

    8% unemployment, down from 11%, deficits put in place primarily by Bush, Debt that has been spiraling for years with the only reductions coming under Clinton, Obamacare would have helped many people.

    May 19, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Lee Oates

    The Patriot Act will never go away, it will only be added to until the US becomes a full-fledged Fascist state. Our freedoms will be slowly eroded until there are none left. All in the name of "Security".

    May 19, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Jim

    And Liberty continues to die. It's sad that so many people believe that the PATRIOT act is a good thing. For a country founded and so proud of it's freedom it's amazing how willing we are to let it be taken from us. Not by terrorists but by ourselves, all for the comfort of the illusion of security.

    May 19, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The greatest raid on American's civil liberties in our history, and all it warrants is 3 paragraphs buried in CNN's website. We get the government we deserve. "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Truth"

    May 19, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Jeff S

    This is not good. When will Americans stand up for their freedom?

    May 19, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. NHPatriot1776

    All of these traitors need to be removed from office. The Patriot Act makes a mockery of the US constitution and denies US citizens of their 4th amendment rights. All of you should be ashamed.

    May 19, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Rob

    This is an absolute outrage. Way to whither away the personal freedoms protected by the Constitution and undone by this horrid act.

    May 19, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Barnacle_Bill

    Glad to know the Tea Party will make as big a stand over liberty & privacy as they will over cutting health care for poor women.

    May 19, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Your leaders on Capitol Hill have once again decided that you do not deserve privacy and are once again violating your 4th amendment rights. Enjoy!

    May 19, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. domeunit

    I'm glad to see them work together, but I wish it would've been to repeal the Patriot Act rather than extend it

    May 19, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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