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    Harry Reid is a traitor and dirtbag

    Harry Reid pushes forward on Patriot Act


    By SCOTT WONG | 5/24/11 9:27 PM EDT


    Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday used a procedural move to circumvent Sen. Rand Paul’s efforts to offer amendments to a bill granting a four-year extension of expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.
    The parliamentary maneuver allows the chamber to finish debate on the legislation sooner and move past what was sure to be a drawn-out amendment process lead by Paul, the Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite who is a vocal critic of the law.




    Reid said he’s recently held discussions with Paul and other senators who want votes on their amendments to the extension bill, which covers three key provisions of the counter-terrorism surveillance law that are set to sunset at midnight Thursday.
    “I understand Senator Paul’s exasperation because this is something that is extremely important to him and there was every desire from my perspective and I think this body to have a full, complete debate on the Patriot Act,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday night. “But the Senate doesn’t always work that way. … We cannot let this Patriot Act expire. I have a personal responsibility to try to get this bill done as soon as possible.”
    He added: “The time has come for me to take some action.
    Paul remained on the Senate floor through most of Tuesday — even skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress — to remind Reid of his promise earlier this year to allow senators a week-long debate and the ability to offer amendments to the Patriot Act legislation.
    “Sen. Reid went through procedural hoops to go back on his word,” Paul said in a statement, adding that Reid “denied the Senate the opportunity to debate the constitutionality of its provisions.”
    “Today’s events further underscore the U.S. government’s lack of transparency and accountability to the American people,” Paul said.


    The Senate voted 74-13 to shelve a Patriot Act extension bill that Paul and other senators had offered changes to this week. Nine members of the Democratic caucus and two Republicans – Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Dean Heller of Nevada – voted no. Paul voted present.
    Reid then inserted the Patriot Act legislation in a message the Senate received from the House and filed cloture, setting up a final vote later this week.



    The three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act authorize authorities to conduct court-approved roving wiretaps, monitor so-called “lone-wolf” terror suspects and access business, library and other records. One of Paul’s amendments would bar authorities from accessing firearm records.
    Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who voted no on Tuesday, vowed in a conference call earlier in the day to vote no on the final extension bill if their amendments were not agreed to.
    Their amendments would place additional restrictions on when federal authorities could conduct expanded surveillance of terrorism suspects, and the senators argued that another short-term extension was preferable to a long-term extension with no debate or reforms.
    “We’ve known for months – years, in fact – that this was on our to-do list this Congress. Many Americans have been demanding reforms to these provisions for years,” Udall said.
    “Instead, we’ve been passing short-term reauthorizations, waiting for the promised opportunity to finally consider a comprehensive overhaul,” Udall added. “Yet suddenly we’re being pushed to approve a four-year straight reauthorization in just a few days, saying – falsely – that we don’t have time for a full debate.”
    While Reid and Paul may disagree on a number of political issues, Reid called Paul a “very pleasant man with strong, strong feelings.” Paul has been “reasonable,” Reid said, agreeing to bring down the number of amendments from 11 to just three or four.
    “He will learn over the years that it’s always difficult to get what you want in the Senate,” Reid said. “It doesn’t mean you won’t get it, but sometimes you have to wait and get it done at a subsequent time.”
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    The douche bag also gave an exemption to the power co. here in Nevada so they would not be forced to buy back energy/electricity produced by people here in Nevada. That pretty much killed windmill producing electricity in Nevada.

    Thanks Harry! Not a peep from the turd in the white house who is always preaching green energy to save the world and that the big bad Republicans are protecting big business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Sims View Post
    The douche bag also gave an exemption to the power co. here in Nevada so they would not be forced to buy back energy/electricity produced by people here in Nevada. That pretty much killed windmill producing electricity in Nevada.

    Thanks Harry! Not a peep from the turd in the white house who is always preaching green energy to save the world and that the big bad Republicans are protecting big business.

    How's that high speed rail job site looking out there that Reid was touting for your area? Any twisting or winding towered tracks around the Strip yet....or across the expansive desert to breach the outlying areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Sims View Post
    The douche bag also gave an exemption to the power co. here in Nevada so they would not be forced to buy back energy/electricity produced by people here in Nevada. That pretty much killed windmill producing electricity in Nevada.

    Thanks Harry! Not a peep from the turd in the white house who is always preaching green energy to save the world and that the big bad Republicans are protecting big business.
    I guess we don't have to even research which lobbyist is lining Harry Reid's pockets. What a completely corrupt system we have when our legislators on both sides are funded by these lobbyists. Doing what is right has been replaced with doing what gets me the most money for these clowns. It seems the only goal of these "representatives of the people" is to keep their jobs from the day they are elected. Term limits are needed.

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    Harry Reid 2005 Boasts: "We killed the Patriot Act!"

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    Did Sen. Rand Paul's push to have a vote on it happen yet? heard he was winning the fight to have it actually debated and not just eased in but haven't been around a tv to hear any updates today and won't until late.

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    RAND PAUL SENATE FLOOR NOW: Paul Amendments (2 of them) to be Voted On

    http://dailypaul.com/165979/paul-amendments

    Two of Rand Paul's Patriot Act Amendments -- Amendment 363 & Amendment 365 -- will be brought for a vote later today (although not the Paul-Leahy Amendment).



    • Firearm Records Amendment (Amendment 363): Clarifies that the authority to obtain info under the USA PATRIOT Act does not include authority to obtain certain firearm records. Supported by Gun Owners of America.


    • Burden-Shifting Suspicious Activity Report Amendment (Amendment 365): Requires law enforcement to initiate requests for suspicious activity reports (SARs). Shifts the burden for generating suspicious activity reports to law enforcement, requiring FBI/other law enforcement to initiate requests for SARs, rather than requiring financial institutions to automatically generate these reports. Supported by Kentucky Bankers Association and National Association of Federal Credit Union


    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/
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    Paul's amendments had no chance of succeeding. Reid just used his powers to get the vote over with, since, as usual, the Senate's backs were up against the time line wall. Politics as usual in Washington. I do agree that Reid is a scum bag. Ask Golf, who is an alleged expert on Reid and Nevada politics. Even he appears to be fed up with his favorite Democratic Senator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigdaddyQH View Post
    Paul's amendments had no chance of succeeding. Reid just used his powers to get the vote over with, since, as usual, the Senate's backs were up against the time line wall. Politics as usual in Washington. I do agree that Reid is a scum bag. Ask Golf, who is an alleged expert on Reid and Nevada politics. Even he appears to be fed up with his favorite Democratic Senator.
    It is ironic how the major initiatives and bills always seem to be forced to a vote right before the whistle isn't it....Obama care had to be voted on, 'stimulus' couldn't wait until after the weekend, Budget from last year, tax issue in December, and now the Patriot Act

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    It goes on and on. Next in line, extending the debt ceiling. The Government has until August 2nd, I believe, to do that, so nothing will happen until August 1st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigdaddyQH View Post
    It goes on and on. Next in line, extending the debt ceiling. The Government has until August 2nd, I believe, to do that, so nothing will happen until August 1st.
    And with June coming up this week...still operating behind schedule on fiscal budget....by next month the two bills will mesh into the same 'we can't have open debate about these, we just need to pass whatever is in it and deal with it later' tactic...meanwhile instead of writing a fair,compromised bill now....certain elected representatives on both sides are too busy drawing up amendments to attach to the legislation instead. It's pretty embarrassing isn't it

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    It is a very sick way of governing the nation. It appears that the Federal Government has lost sight of what they should be doing.

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