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House Approves Renewal of Patriot Act Protections Against Terrorists

Location: Washington, DC

House Approves Renewal of Patriot Act Protections Against Terrorists
December 14, 2005

Legislation Safeguards Civil Liberties, Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today approved the final version (Conference Report) of H.R. 3199, the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 by a vote of 251-174. First District Congressman Paul Ryan voted in favor of the measure, which reauthorizes expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act (and two provisions of the Intelligence Reform Act) most of which were scheduled to sunset this month. The legislation ensures our law enforcement officials will retain the tools they need to protect our homeland and fight terrorism, while at the same time carefully preserving citizens' constitutional rights and civil liberties.

"By tearing down unnecessary bureaucratic barriers that prevented law enforcement and intelligence officers from sharing information, the Patriot Act has made our nation more secure. It is an absolutely critical tool in fighting - and winning - the war on terror," Ryan said. "It also achieves the essential balance between improving our government's ability to detect and counter terrorist plots and preserving citizens' rights and privacy."

"This legislation includes safeguards that will enhance the law's civil liberties protections and prompt continued oversight by Congress and the courts. Protecting citizens' constitutional rights remains our highest priority. That's why I believe it is critical that we keep monitoring and reviewing the application of this law to ensure that Americans' rights and freedoms are upheld," Ryan said.

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