Clark Fork Chronicle: Tester slams Patriot Act, votes against extending controversial law

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a longtime critic of the USA PATRIOT Act, tonight voted against a 3-month extension of the controversial law.

Before casting his vote, Tester told his Senate colleagues that the law “invades the privacy of law-abiding citizens” and “tramples on our Constitutional rights.”

Here are Tester’s prepared remarks to the Senate:

“Mr. President, Montanans sent me to the U.S. Senate to bring accountability to this body, to make responsible decisions, and to protect America and the freedoms we all enjoy. I took the oath of office to defend the Constitution.

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