Ok Tea Party, you did a good thing there

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.

Via The Slatest.

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