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BLOG: Rand Paul speaks up for civil liberties

Tom Jackson • May 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

On Thursday, Congress rushed through a renewal of Patriot Act provisions that were set to expire at midnight. The bill was then quickly signed into law by President Obama.

Ohio's senators split their vote, with Rob Portman, a Republican, voting in favor, and Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, voting against it. In the House, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, voted for the extension, while U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, voted against it.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., lead the Senate's opposition to the Patriot Act.

During debate, Majority Leader Harry Reid took the low road, stating that Paul was trying to help terrorists hide their gun purchases. Here is Paul's reply:

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