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Friday, June 10, 2005

SENATORS SEEK TO MEND, NOT END, PATRIOT ACT

Durbin and Craig Call on Congress to Make America Safe and Free by Reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act with SAFE Act Revisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., chief sponsors of the Security and Freedom Enhancement Act (SAFE Act), issued the following statement today:

We voted for the PATRIOT Act and agree with President Bush that it should be reauthorized. But we must strike a careful balance -- improving our nation’s security while also protecting individual Americans’ liberties.

Congress should revise the PATRIOT Act to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens while preserving the powers law enforcement needs to fight terrorism. The Craig-Durbin Security and Freedom Enhancement (SAFE) Act would accomplish this goal. It is a narrowly-tailored bipartisan bill that would revise several provisions of the PATRIOT Act. The SAFE Act would not repeal a single provision of the PATRIOT Act. It would retain all of the additional authorities created by the PATRIOT Act but place important limits on these authorities.

We are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but we have come together to safeguard the civil liberties that every American values.

We want to mend the PATRIOT Act, not end it.

The great challenge of our age is combating terrorism while remaining true to our Constitution. The SAFE Act will help us to meet that challenge.

More information is available on Senator Craig’s website in his Securing Freedom Issue Brief.

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