House votes to renew anti-terrorism Patriot Act

Reuters is one place reporting The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday to renew the USA Patriot Act, setting up a showdown with the Senate over a centerpiece of President George W. Bush's war on terrorism.

On a 251-174 vote, the House approved the measure, with supporters saying it would properly balance civil liberties with the need to bolster national security.

But a number of Democrats and Republicans vowed to oppose the legislation in the Senate, which is expected to take up the bill in coming days.

For those of you who want to attempt to affect the vote in the Senate, you might want to check out this call to action from Bookselling This Week (American Booksellers Association), which details how to contact your Senators prior to the Friday vote.

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