Tester Pledges A ‘No’ Vote
Senator Jon Tester says he will vote against extending the controversial Patriot Act this week. Congress passed the Patriot Act 10 years ago. It gives federal authorities the right to review the medical, gun, library and internet records of American citizens -- without a warrant. In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Tester said the Patriot Act tramples on rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Tester says the law invades the privacy of law-abiding Montanans and law-abiding Americans.
Senator Tester is a longtime opponent of the Patriot Act. Earlier this year, he voted against a 3-month extension of the law.