House failed to pass Patriot Act extension

On February 8, 2011, a bill renewing three provisions of the USA Patriot Act failed to secure the two-thirds majority in the US House of Representatives required to renew the Act. The expiring provisions allow roving surveillance, compel production of business records and "other tangible things" under section 215 of the Act, and allow the US to target non-US persons under the "lone wolf" amendment, section 6001. The House attempted to consider the Act's renewal under a "suspension of the rules" procedure, which limits debate and is typically reserved for non-controversial, bipartisan bills. A short-term extension passed the House on February 17, 2011, and President Barack Obama signed a bill on May 26, 2011 which extended the legal effect of the Act through 2015.

Read an overview of the Patriot Act and the other legal consequences of 9/11 in Features.


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