The Senate battle for and against renewing expired parts of the PATRIOT Act — that the National Security Agency (NSA) has used to justify the collection of phone records — continued on June 1, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked extension of those powers during a special session of the upper house the previous day.
Over the last four years, the fight to protect innocent life has become more intense, with states across the country passing 200 abortion-restricting laws. In particular, laws focused specifically on late-term abortions have gained traction since 2010, when the first 20-week abortion ban was passed. Since then, thirteen states have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks, and the movement continues as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a late-term abortion ban earlier this month, and legislatures in Wisconsin and South Carolina are considering similar measures.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer appeared skeptical of the Obama administration’s position during arguments in an ObamaCare lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives against the White House. The suit, which marks the first by the full House against a sitting president, comes as the American people await a Supreme Court ruling on a separate lawsuit that challenges ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies.
Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority just before the Memorial Day weekend is an example of the legal saying that, while two wrongs don’t make a right, they do make a precedent.
The dogged insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on renewing the expiring portions of the PATRIOT Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31.