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Chambliss Supports Passage of Patriot Act Renewal

Location: Washington, DC


Legislation includes key measures to combat Methamphetamine

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, supported Senate passage of legislation that would renew the USA PATRIOT Act. The USA PATRIOT Act is legislation that Congress passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which seeks to help America's law enforcement community prosecute and fight terrorists.

"The Patriot Act is the number one tool to help law enforcement fight terrorism. Since enacted, the Patriot Act has played a crucial role in the dismantling of several terrorist cells within the United States, and has aided in the capture of 401 suspected terrorists. This important legislation has protected our liberties and reaffirms our Nation's commitment to modernize our criminal and intelligence investigative laws and common sense-law enforcement.

"While I am not pleased with portions of this bill that were weakened through the political process, I am pleased Congress will renew this important legislation that is at the heart of keeping America safe and secure for our children and grandchildren. "

The bill also includes key legislation designed to help America's law enforcement fight the scourge of methamphetamine. Specifically, the Combat Meth Act will block drug trafficking criminals from taking advantage of varying state regulations of over-the counter drugs which can be diverted to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.

"All across Georgia, I have heard from our law enforcement community about the importance of fighting the spread of methamphetamine," said Chambliss. "Meth is the most deadly, fiercely addictive and rapidly spreading drug the United States has known. I am pleased this legislation will help our local law enforcement in their efforts to fight the spread of this deadly scourge. Importantly, the bill provides a national standard to regulate the sale of such drugs, and will greatly assist law-enforcement in investigating and prosecuting this illegal diversion which has contributed to the meth epidemic."

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