House Votes to Curb Patriot Act, Defies Bush
Published on Thursday, June 16, 2005 by Reuters
House Votes to Curb Patriot Act, Defies Bush
 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday defied President Bush by approving a measure making it harder for federal agents to secretly gather information on people's library reading habits and bookstore purchases.

The House voted 238-187 to scale back the government's powers to conduct secret investigations that were authorized by the Patriot Act, a post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law.