Senator Rand Paul’s 10-hour filibuster against extending Patriot Act intrusions

Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul filibusters in opposition to extending the Patriot Act and NSA unchecked data collection. Time will tell whether his efforts were successful in drawing attention to this issue and changing votes in the Senate.

TheGuardian has an excellent breakdown of the 10 hour run. Here’s an excerpt:

  • Kentucky senator Rand Paul held the Senate floor for ten and a half hours Wednesday in what he called a filibuster in an attempt to force the Senate to conduct debate on amendments to reform the NSA.

  • Paul was joined by 10 other senators. Three Republicans, including Ted Cruz of Texas, and seven Democrats.

  • By finishing before midnight, the Kentucky senator didn’t end up disrupting the Senate’s schedule after all. The result means that senators, Hill staffers and reporters may actually get a three day weekend.

  • However, Paul’s “filibuster” does make clear that any attempt by the GOP to pass a clean reauthorization of the Patriot Act is likely to fail.

Photo credit Gage Skidmore

 

Previous articleFerguson Rent-A-Mobs Exposed
Next articleRemember when we had unbiased journalists?
The Real Side
Posts categorized under "The Real Side" are posted by the Editor because they are deemed worthy of further discussion and consideration, but are not, by default, an implied or explicit endorsement or agreement. The views of guest contributors do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of The Real Side Radio Show or Joe Messina. By publishing them we hope to further an honest and civilized discussion about the content. The original author and source (if applicable) is attributed in the body of the text. Since variety is the spice of life, we hope by publishing a variety of viewpoints we can add a little spice to your life. Enjoy!