Score 1 for the Tea Party, who kept the House from passing a temporary extension to the PATRIOT Act. I gotta give them credit for having some libertarian sack.
The House voted 277-148 under a process that required a two-thirds vote, ending up seven votes short. Twenty-six Republicans voted against the bill. Democrats were divided, with 67 voting in favor and 122 against.
GOP leaders chose the ill-fated process to avoid amendments that could have ended up restructuring the measure.