House to vote on Patriot Act extension

February 8, 2011 6:14:08 AM PST
The House is expected to vote today on extending certain provisions of the Patriot Act.

Three provisions of the act are set to expire at the end of the month. They deal with access to business records or anything else related to a terror investigation, such as getting roving wiretaps and being able to keep tabs on so-called lone wolf terrorists.

The house bill would extend the provisions to December.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has proposed the provisions be extended, with some modifications, until 2013 -- a date supported by Attorney General Eric Holder.

That means lawmakers will have to strike a compromise if the provisions are to be extended.