WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted Thursday to renew portions of the Patriot Act.
The measure, which passed by an 11 to 8 vote, was introduced by the committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and was co-sponsored by Klobuchar and Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
The measure picked up the Republican support of Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Cornyn of Texas.
Democrats Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Richard Durbin of Illinois and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania joined the rest of the Republicans on the Committee in voting against it.
The bill will now be sent to the Senate floor. If passed, it would extend three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act until 2013. Those measures include: allowing investigators to monitor suspects, who may switch cell phone numbers, with roving wiretaps; obtaining business records of national security targets, and tracking individuals known as “lone wolves” who may be acting alone on behalf of foreign countries or terrorist groups, according to The Washington Post.