Sanders-Paul-Conyers-Otter-Nadler Freedom to Read Amendment barely fails. USA PATRIOT Act stays as is with regards to surveillance rights in bookstores and libraries. Democrats chant “shame, shame, shame” over GOP tactics. One vote would have made the difference. Shame indeed. How did your rep vote?
The amendment, facing threat of a Presidential veto, received a majority of votes in the U.S. House when the time for voting expired. However, the House Republican Leadership then held open the vote twice as long as scheduled, an additional 20 minutes, as they “persuaded” Republicans to switch their votes.