With Congress’ decision last month to issue a short-term reauthorization of Patriot Act surveillance powers came a promise by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to at least reform these provisions by adding some modest safeguards.
That just may happen in today’s Senate Judiciary business meeting. Markup of S.193 (the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011) is on the agenda, although that does not guarantee it will be considered.
The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Eastern time and can be seen as a live webcast here.
Update: No, the Patriot Act will not be considered this week. Markup on a Patriot Act reform bill will be delayed until next week at this time because the Judiciary Committee has chosen to consider a bill on patents first. Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel.