House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Rules Member Jared Polis (D-Colo.) reiterated many of their arguments against the bill from Monday. Both said hearings should be held to see how the surveillance authorities have been used before extending them further.
Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) argued there was little time for hearings so far this year. But, he did pledge to hold hearings in the months ahead, which would inform a decision later this year on whether to extend them again.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) took to the floor to reiterate that the Patriot Act is an assault on the Constitution. But 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.) said Democrats are using the debate on three surveillance authorities to attack other elements of the Patriot Act.
The extension allows the government to continue to access business records, conduct roving wiretaps and monitor individual terrorists until May 27. With the rule passed, debate and vote on the Patriot Act extension is expected later Wednesday or Thursday.
-- This story was updated at 1:35 p.m.