House rejects extension of ‘Patriot Act’ powers

The US House of Representatives has blocked a bill to extend some surveillance powers granted by the 2001 Patriot Act after the 9/11 attacks.

The bill was opposed by most Democrats and some Republicans, and failed to win the two-thirds vote needed for passage.

It would have extended until December provisions on wiretaps, access to business records and surveillance of terror suspects granted by the law.

The White House backed the bill but said it favoured a longer extension.

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