Lieberman sees smooth sailing for Patriot Act extension this week

"So, I think we're going to get this done by the end of the week, without a lot of controversy."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday introduced a bill extending the three authorities until June 1, 2015. That's a shorter extension than what most Republicans wanted, but it does not include new congressional oversight language that Republicans wanted to avoid.

The Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote on that bill, S. 1038, Monday evening. The House is also expected to pass a bill before the surveillance authority expires on Friday, but no bill had been made public by noon Monday.

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