USA PATRIOT Act: Background and Comparison of House- and Senate-approved Reauthorization and Related Legislative Action
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The House and Senate have each passed USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Acts, HR. 3199 and S.3l89. Both make permanent most of the expiring USA PATRIOT Act sections, occasionally in modified form. After amending two of the more controversial expiring sections, 206 roving Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act FISA wiretaps and 215 FISA tangible item access orders business records-library records, they postpone their expiration date, S. 1389 until December 31, 2009 H.R. 3199 until December 31, 2015. Both address questions raised as to the constitutionality of various national security letter NSL statutes by providing for review, enforcement and exceptions to the attendant confidentiality requirements in more explicit terms. S. 1389 limits its NSL adjustments to the statute that affords federal foreign intelligence investigators access to communications records H.R. 3199 amends the communications, and the financial institution and credit bureau NSL statutes.
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