The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim SensenbrennerJames SensenbrennerGOP rep: Funds from Mexican cartels can pay for border wall GOP rep: Trump or Mike Pence will be president for next 4 years Wyden, Sensenbrenner lead February town halls MORE (R-Wis.), would extend these practices until Dec. 8. The authority to conduct these surveillance activities expires at the end of the month, which explains the haste in the House
House passage will set up a quandary for the Senate, which is considering three bills that would extend the Patriot Act authorities for three years or more.
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDems get it wrong: 'Originalism' is mainstream, even for liberal judges Human rights leaders warn against confirming Gorsuch Feinstein sees slipping support among California voters: poll MORE (D-Calif.) has a bill that would extend them for three years, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDems get it wrong: 'Originalism' is mainstream, even for liberal judges Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Dems land few punches on Gorsuch MORE (D-Vt.) would extend them for three years and add new oversight language, and ranking Judiciary member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Friends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Iowa) has proposed a permanent extension.
A Senate aide said Friday that it is unclear what the Senate would do with the House bill, but said it is conceivable that Feinstein's bill might take the lead in the Senate, because it has support from the Obama administration.