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.

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