The controversial USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act), signed into law in 2001, is quietly up again for renewal. The Raw Story reports that Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has introduced a bill intended to “renew controversial provisions of the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act that are due to expire this year."
“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” Rep. James Clyburn (left, D-S.C.) told Fox News Sunday.
Among the top priorities for some GOP House leaders is challenging a raise of the nation’s debt ceiling. On Thursday, House Republicans told the White House that its request to raise the debt ceiling, which currently stands at $14.3 trillion, will not be considered without federal spending cuts.
Nine words taken from Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution are causing quite a stir among journalists and pundits today. The “controversial” clause reads in relevant part:
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings….