Congress Punting on Patriot Act Reform – Wired Threat Level

Those wanting Patriot Act reforms should probably stop applauding the House’s inability Tuesday to block three key spy provisions in the law from expiring at month’s end.

That’s because the House took procedural steps Wednesday that virtually guarantee those provisions would be extended in an upcoming vote.

The reauthorization bill failed by seven votes Tuesday because it needed two-thirds backing.

But not any more.