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US House debates Patriot Act extension, vote expected Friday

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives will debate its version of a bill Thursday to extend the Patriot Act [text], which after months of debate has seen 20 amendments adopted and 47 proposed [JURIST report]. The final version of the bill [JURIST report] to be voted on does not, however, contain proposed amendments that would end the government's investigative powers at libraries and bookstores, or amendments that would renew certain powers for four years instead of 10, as in the final version of the bill. The US Senate is currently debating its own bill [JURIST report] regarding the extension of the Patriot Act. The New York Times has more.

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