The President and GOPer’s seem to have the votes for US Freedom Act…

While Rand Paul and others look for a way to shut down the NSA bulk collection program….

And Mitch McConnell wants to keep things as they are…

The US Freedom Act , which keeps three the four controversial programs in tact and just moves things around on the other is probably gonna make it the next few hours….

The President is fine with the US Freedom Act since it really doesn’t change much…

When lawmakers meet on Sunday evening, they will have just hours to save expiring parts of the Patriot Act that many have said are crucial to defending national security.

That prospect may force a handful of Republicans to switch their votes and support the USA Freedom Act, if it’s the only way to preserve the three parts of the counterterrorism law.

“Hopefully they will be able to come back after eight or nine days of clearing their heads and put the best interest of our citizens, and our country, and our security first,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday. The White House has been a strong supporter of the USA Freedom Act and has been ratcheting up the rhetoric in recent days to get the Senate to pass it.

Passage appears more likely after a backup plan from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to extend current law for two months failed horribly last week, winning the support of just 45 lawmakers. McConnell — who staunchly opposes the USA Freedom Act — ended up voting against his own two-month extension in order to reserve the right to bring it back up for a vote this weekend….


10 thoughts on “The President and GOPer’s seem to have the votes for US Freedom Act…”

  1. After cloture has been invoked, each Senator is still allowed another single hour to give his or her views on the underlying motion, in this case, apparently, beginning at noon Monday, June 1st.

    Most probably won’t use theirs, but enough will to delay a vote until at least Tuesday.

    1. I agree DSD…..
      Since the U.S. Freedom Act gives the NSA TIME TO SWITCH over to the carriers holding data I doubt they will actually stop collecting data even with the law expired…
      If they just hold it…
      That will be for 24/48 hours…

      1. It ain’t over till it’s over, eh?

        The Senate is one step from voting to acept the House USA Freedom Act….


        Maybe NOT…..

        The Senate headed into a showdown Tuesday over efforts by defense hawks to blunt new controls on government spying, with many senators appearing ready to defy House warnings against changing a bill to curtail telephone surveillance.

        Especially contentious is a push by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to strike a provision in the House-passed USA Freedom Act that would declassify some significant opinions by the secret national security surveillance court. Mr. McConnell has played down the significance of that provision, calling the changes “discreet and sensible.”

        Opponents of that provision warned that it could destroy support in the House and extend the blackout of surveillance that began Monday night with the blocking of any extension of the National Security Agency’s spying authority by Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky.

        Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is the House majority leader, said Senate changes would “bring real challenges in the House.” Members would be likely to demand their own amendments, probably to rein in surveillance further….

        More @

      1. Ok
        How’s THIS for a Show
        After voting for clotsure on the U.S. Freedom Act?
        Congress adjourn ‘s for the night?
        What a bullshit move
        They WILL OK the Freedom Act
        But this is just to say they shut the NSA down
        Which isn’t what they are actually do since they vote right away to go Freedom…
        What a charade!

  2. Breaking (6:29 p.m. EDT Sun 31 May):

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Freedom has landed: We have Cloture!

    (by a vote of 3-1)

    Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Upon Reconsideration Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2048 )
    Vote Number: 196
    Vote Date: May 31, 2015, 06:26 PM
    Required For Majority: 3/5
    Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to

    Measure Number: H.R. 2048 (USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 )
    Measure Title: A bill to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

    Vote Counts:

    YEAs 77
    NAYs 17
    Not Voting 6

    YEAs —77 [34 R ; 41 D ; 2 Ind]

    NAYs —17 [all R, including Rand Paul & Susan Collins]

    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Blunt (R-MO)
    Coats (R-IN)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Cotton (R-AR)
    Crapo & Risch (R-ID)
    Ernst & Grassley (R-IA)
    Fischer (R-NE)
    Moran & Roberts (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Sessions & Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)

    Not Voting – 6 [3 R ; 3 D]

    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Sasse (R-NE)

    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Schatz (D-HI)

  3. The august Senate conveneth at four o’the clock this last afternoon of May (EDT; 3 p.m. CDT; 1 p.m. PDT; 9 p.m. BST)

    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    4:00 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, the USA FREEDOM bill.

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