The Senate Democrats were trying to reform the Patriot Act before extending the law for another few years, however they were stopped by a Republican filibuster. Therefore, the Democrats gave up and passed an extension for the bill as is.
I'm so confused. Why not just refuse to pass an extension until the GOP allows the desired changes, and blame the Republicans for making America less safe by filibustering the Patriot Act reforms? Did Democrats just not think of that, or are they just that spineless?
I wish we were allowed to vote against both parties in the 2010 midterms.