Senate Vote to Pass the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
On the Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 84
112nd Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 72-23 (see complete tally)

On May 26, 2011, the Senate passed S. 990, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, by a vote of 72-23.  S. 990 extended three of the most controversial Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) provisions until June 1, 2015.  The bill reauthorized Section 215, also known as the business records provision, which authorizes the government to obtain "any tangible thing" relevant to a terrorism investigation, even if there is no showing that the "thing" pertains to suspected terrorists or terrorist activities; Section 206, the roving “John Doe” wiretap provision, which permits the government to obtain intelligence surveillance orders that identify neither the person nor the facility to be tapped; and Section 6001 of IRTPA, the “Lone Wolf” provision, which permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-US persons who are not affiliated with a foreign organization, and reportedly has never been used.  The ACLU opposed S. 990 because these authorities threaten Americans’ privacy and are ripe for abuses such as surveillance of innocent people, and racial and religious profiling.  (112th Congress, First Session, Roll Call Vote No. 84)

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 84
Votes For : 72
Votes Against : 23
Not Voting : 5