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Rep. Bernie Sanders I-VT
MARCH 7, 2005
10:11 AM
CONTACT: Rep. Bernie Sanders I-VT
Joel Barkin (Rep. Sanders) 202/225-4115
Press Conference: Wednesday, March 9th at 11:00 Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2456
Members of Congress, Booksellers, Librarians Want Libraries and Bookstores Exempt From Patriot Act Members to Redouble their Efforts After Last Year’s Stolen Vote

WASHINGTON -- March 7 -- Members of Congress, booksellers and librarians will hold a news conference on Wednesday, March 9th to introduce legislation that would protect the freedom to read threatened under the USA Patriot Act. The legislation would restore and protect the privacy and First Amendment rights of library and bookstore patrons which were in place before the USA Patriot Act. The amendment would prevent government agents from “fishing expeditions” into libraries and bookstores.

Attorney General Gonzalez has said that reauthorizing the Patriot Act will be one of his top priorities. Last year, Sanders offered an amendment on the House floor to repeal section 215 of the Patriot Act. The amendment received a majority of votes in the U.S. House when the time for voting expired. However, the House Republican Leadership then held open the vote twice as long as scheduled, an additional 20 minutes, and “persuaded” Republicans to switch their votes.

WHAT: Members of Congress, Librarians and Booksellers will hold a news conference to introduce legislation that would exempt libraries and bookstores from the Patriot Act.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: 2456 - Rayburn House Office Building

WHO: Rep. Bernie Sanders I-VT

Rep. Barbara Lee D- CA

Other Members of Congress

Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder

Representatives from the American Booksellers Association

Reps. from the American Library Association

PEN America

Contact: Joel Barkin (Rep. Sanders) 202/225-4115


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