Thursday, June 16, 2005

House Votes To Restore Reader Privacy

Yesterday, in spite of a threat from President Bush for veto, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to prohibit funds in an appropriations bill from being used to implement provisions of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act which permits searches of library circulation records, library patron lists, book sales records, or book customer lists under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The vote was 238 [199 Democrats and 38 Republicans] to 187 voted to [1 Democrat and 186 Republicans] Of course this would require Senate action too... and still would face prospects of veto, so the sight is not over.

You can find out more about the implications of this portion of the Patriots act here at the Campaign for Reader Privacy or sign an online petition here.

Want to know how your Representatives voted? This link will give you an opportunity to see the votes.

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