Thursday, December 22, 2005

Wow, Republicans Can Compromise

The Anti-Patriot act, as it now exists, has been extended for six months, while a viable alternative is considered.

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted last night to extend the USA Patriot Act for six months and give Congress time next year to revise the anti-terrorism law that is set to expire Dec. 31.

The surprise deal capped a tumultuous day as senators tried to wrap up their work for the year and head home for the holidays. Earlier, Senate Democrats blocked oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and Republicans eked out the narrowest of victories on a deficit-cutting measure.

Now they Democrats and republicans who want this act revised now must stay unified, and make sure their proposals pick up the few votes they need to make it happen.


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