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Feingold acted Against Surveillance Reform before he stood For it

This week, Senator Russ Feingold issued a call for his colleagues to pass legislation to reform the warrantless surveillance, search and seizure provisions of the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act.

The week before last, Senator Russ Feingold added his voice to the unanimous consent of the Senate, adding the Hatch Amendment (Senate Amendment 962) to the Senate budget bill. The Hatch Amendment, which went into effect when the budget bill passed, mandates a 60 vote margin in order for any bill reforming the Patriot Act or FISA Surveillance Act to even be considered on the floor of the Senate.

Why did Senator Feingold act against surveillance reform before he spoke out in favor of it?

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