In a vote of 89 - 10, the United States Senate today overwhelmingly approved reauthorization of 16 controversial Patriot Act provisions. In the deal, 14 will become permanent, with two more requiring reauthorization in another four years.
The deal is aimed at limiting government powers while maintaining programs while keeping in place what proponents argue are important tools for anti-terror investigators. The compromise can be read in its entirety here. Yesterday's amendment, aimed at curbing government power under FISA and safeguarding the privacy of library patrons, can be read in its entirety here.
The law now heads to President Bush to sign.