It’s a little unclear what will happen with this in the Senate. The PATRIOT Act provisions are scheduled to expire on February 28th, so there is a limit on how long the debate can last. To save floor time, Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] would probably prefer to pass this, as is, under a unanimous consent agreement by voice vote. But at least one senator, Rand Paul [R, KY], appears to be ready to block such a motion. In a letter to his colleagues this morning, he called for more deliberation on the bill. “I call upon each of my Senate colleagues to seriously consider whether the time has come to re-evaluate many—if not all—provisions of the PATRIOT Act,” he said. “Our oath to uphold the Constitution demands it.”
Comment: Reid is a coward. Each Senator should be held accountable for their vote concerning this unconstitutional legislation. You can't call Obama Care unconstitutional and yet install a police state that takes away our rights and say it's all for our safety.
Update: Thanks to a reader comment, Rand Paul to the rescue; he blocked the voice vote. Now it will be fully debated.