House likely to extend PATRIOT Act for three months 

Yesterday, the Senate voted 86-12 to extend three PATRIOT Act provisions set to expire by the end of the month. Only two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, voted against the bill. The House had previously voted for a nine-month extension. The Senate's three-month extension will soon be considered by the House, perhaps as early as tonight.

This shortening of the extension may signal a greater understanding that support for the bill has widely dropped off since it was overwhelmingly adopted in 2001 by a count of 357-66 in the House and 98-1 in the Senate.

After the measure at first failed to pass the House under suspension of the rules, House GOP leaders brought their members onto the same page by promising a review of the PATRIOT Act later this year.

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