KEY HOUSE VOTES
KEY HOUSE VOTES
1. USA PATRIOT ACT
The House voted 257-171 on Thursday to extend most provisions of the USA Patriot Act indefinitely. Two of the most controversial provisions of the anti-terror law, which allow federal agents to use roving wiretaps and search medical and library records, were extended for 10 years. Proponents of the act say it's necessary to protect Americans against terrorism, but those who object to the law say it infringes on Americans' basic rights and freedoms.
NEIL ABERCROMBIE (D), NAY ED CASE (D), YEA
Senate: The Senate will finish work on a $442 billion defense authorization bill. Among the amendments to be debated is one to stop the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process from moving forward. After that, a measure to give gun manufacturers immunity from lawsuits filed by victims of gun violence is scheduled. Lawmakers also may take up the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill, which could include a vote on allowing more federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
House: The House is scheduled to work on legislation to cap noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, to establish group health plans for small businesses and to reorganize the U.S. Postal Service. The House may vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement near the end of the week. There could be additional votes if negotiators finish work on any of several bills such as the highway and transit bill or the national energy policy bill.
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