Reid Files Bill to Extend Surveillance Law Again

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) makes a bid to avoid another edition of the administration’s surveillance squeeze play. From CQ:

To guard against the expiration of a temporary surveillance law Feb. 16, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., has filed a bill that would extend it for 15 days.

The Senate is expected to pass a six-year bill overhauling the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Feb. 12, but that gives lawmakers little time to work out a compromise between the Senate bill and a House-passed version before the Presidents Day recess begins and the temporary law expires.

Reid filed the latest extension Friday “in case we can’t finish the conference negotiations in time,” spokesman Jim Manley said.

Having given in once, the Republicans have vowed not to give in again. So no matter how justified the plea, this dog won’t hunt.

Note: Get ready for another round of the GOP’s double-talk squeeze special, e.g. the Dem’s effort to extend the bill that must not lapse is unacceptable.