Senator Russ Feingold
JULY 22, 2005
9:30 AM

CONTACT: Senator Russ Feingold
Trevor Miller,
(202) 224-8657


Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Rejecting Last Evening’s House Action on Patriot Act Reauthorization


WASHINGTON - July 22 - "I joined my Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues yesterday in unanimously passing a consensus, bipartisan bill that significantly improves the most controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. In the House, unfortunately, the outcome has been disappointing. House leadership refused to allow meaningful amendments to come to a vote on the House floor. While some improvements were incorporated, the end result is still a far cry from what Congress owes the American people – meaningful changes to the Patriot Act that will protect innocent people from government surveillance. The Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step in that direction yesterday morning. It’s unfortunate that the House was not willing to join us.”