The House passed a one-month extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday and sent it to the Senate for final action as Congress scrambled to prevent expiration of anti-terror law enforcement provisions on Dec. 31.
Approval came on a voice vote in a nearly empty chamber, after Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, refused to agree to a six-month extension the Senate cleared several hours earlier....
It was not clear when the Senate would act on the one-month bill, but approval was possible by evening.
We'll let you know what the Senate ends up doing.
UPDATE: Turns out it was a five-week extension. Still waiting on Senate action.