By a vote of 238–187, the House of Representatives June 15 approved legislation that would scale back Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act by amending a Department of Justice appropriations bill to bar the DOJ from using any of the funds to conduct searches of library and bookstore records. The Freedom to Read Amendment, similar to a measure defeated in a dramatic tie vote last year, passed this time with the support of 38 Republicans, 199 Democrats, and sponsor Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Library patrons should be thrilled that their champion, Congressman Sanders, has finally prevailed,” said ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff. “People from every political persuasion supported this amendment, and we are grateful that members of the House listened to librarians’ concerns.” From ALA via DigLet.
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Posted by at June 22, 2005 5:05 PM