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Patriot/Meth Act

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Combat Meth Act cosponsor Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined other Senate Democrats and several Republicans in voting against cloture for the Patriot Act Dec. 16. Cloture was not reached as the final vote stood at 52-47, eight votes short of the 60 that are needed. The Patriot Act now includes the anti-meth measure that would place drugs containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter, require purchasers to show ID and sign a logbook, and set a purchase limit of 9 g/month. The version of the Patriot Act containing the new provisions passed the House Dec. 14 by a vote of 251-174. In the Senate, debate will continue until the Senate recesses for the holidays. If reauthorization of the Patriot Act does not occur before its expiration Dec. 31, it is unsure whether supporters of the Meth Act will attempt to include the legislation in another measure or pass it as a stand-alone bill, according to Feinstein...

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