What? Huh? "The White House's Democratic Allies"? I would submit that when 162 of your party votes to retain the provisions you campaigned against (and 5 others didn't vote), either you don't have many allies on your own side or none of you ever meant to repeal the privacy provisions.
WASHINGTON - US lawmakers voted to extend key parts of the Patriot Act law enacted after the September 11th attacks without adding privacy safeguards sought by the White House's Democratic allies.
The US House of Representatives, following the Senate, voted 315-97 to renew the counter-terrorism tools, sending the legislation to President Barack Obama to sign into law.
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