Patriot Act provisions extended on second pass through House 

Last week, the Republican controlled House failed to pass an extension on three key provisions of the Patriot Act and a related intelligence law. But it only failed because it was brought up under suspension of the rules, and therefore required a two-thirds vote. This week, House leaders brought it back with a rule, allowing it to pass with a simple majority, and the bill passed 275-144.

The three provisions allow for the use of roving wiretaps; national security letters (which let the government access business records, for example) and the "lone wolf" provision which allows the government to monitor suspected targets even if they are not affiliated with any recognized terrorist group.

The Senate will have to move quickly to approve the bill, as the provisions must be approved by February 28th. The bill allows for the provisions extension through December 8th.

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