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Delegation divided on Patriot Act changes

Roberts, Moran
Roberts, Moran

The Kansas delegation was divided on changes to the USA Patriot Act that cleared Congress this week, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran both opposed the USA Freedom Act, which modifies some provisions of the Patriot Act, but for different reasons. Roberts argued that the act goes too far in reining in the National Security Agency, while Moran contends it doesn’t go far enough. Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Hutchinson/Fowler, and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, also thought the changes didn’t do enough to curtail the NSA’s powers. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, voted for the act, saying it struck a good balance between national security and civil liberties. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, also voted for it but preferred the original Patriot Act. – Phillip Brownlee

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