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Patriot Act Extension Vote Statement

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the vote in the House on the extension of three provisions in the Patriot Act:

“In order to allow Congressional Republicans necessary time to hold hearings regarding the needs of law enforcement with adequate checks and balances in our ongoing war on terrorism, I voted yesterday for a temporary extension of three specific provisions in the Patriot Act that would only be through December 8, 2011.  I have always insisted on the need to have sunsets on the Patriot Act in order to have adequate accountability, and because I do not believe these powers should be permanent.  Until sunsets come up, it is often difficult to get the answers we need to do necessary oversight to avoid abuses. I also wanted further hearings to determine whether certain powers are really necessary. This extension would also allow a more thorough review of actions undertaken by the Justice Department in regard to these provisions.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.