"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Several Senate Republicans who are key to extension of the terror-fighting Patriot Act have reached a tentative agreement with the White House on a compromise version, congressional officials said Thursday.
Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H. and three other GOP lawmakers who had been at odds with the Bush administration on a long-term extension of this key law were expected to announce details of the accord later Thursday.
No immediate details were available on the changes they wrung from the White House. These Republicans had joined a Democratic-led filibuster late last year that blocked passage at the time of a bill extending the life of the law. Critics claimed that the versions before Congress would have given shortshrift treatment to people's civil liberties....
The congressional officials declined to be identified by name, saying they did not want to pre-empt the news conference.