A measure to end the bulk telephone data collection and replace it with a more targeted program is narrowly blocked by the US Senate. Bill fails for the second time after vote in the small hours of Saturday morning, but Rand Paul thwarts Republican leaders’ attempts to extend Patriot Act
by Ben Jacobs and Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington and Spencer Ackerman in New York
The Guardian | May 23, 2015
Republican whip John Cornyn, a strident supporter of extending the Patriot Act, divided the Senate into three groups on Friday.
As he put it, there are those who want a “straight extension, those who like USA Freedom and those who like nothing”.
Those who want a straight extension of the Patriot Act are in a distinct minority and supporters of the USA Freedom Act still cannot muster the necessary super majority to advance the bill. The result means those who are more than happy to simply let Section 215 expire on May 31 are in the driver’s seat.