Rand Paul threatens to hold up PATRIOT Act!Submitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 21:58
Rand Paul threatens to hold up Patriot Act
By SCOTT WONG & MANU RAJU | 5/23/11 7:23 PM EDT
A bill extending provisions of the Patriot Act that expire this week easily cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Monday, but it could face delays if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decides not to hold votes on proposed changes to the legislation.
Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of the counter-terrorism surveillance law, threatened Monday to “drag out” the process if Reid fails to hold votes on some of the nine amendments Paul introduced or co-sponsored on Monday. Paul, a libertarian-minded tea-party senator, noted that Reid had promised earlier this year to set aside a week’s worth of debate on the bill and allow votes on amendments.
When asked whether he would try to block the bill if he’s denied votes on his amendments, Paul replied: “I will make them drag it out if we don’t get some votes, because I was promised votes on amendments and we’ll stand firm on that,” adding that he’ll do “whatever it takes.”
EDIT: Here is the complete list of amendments Rand has proposed to the PATRIOT Act: