Washington — The House of Representatives voted to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform bill that are due to expire next month until December.
The House voted 277-148 in favor of the bill, which fell short of the 284 votes needed to pass, because it was considered under a House rule that required a two-thirds majority.
In the vote, 26 Republicans joined 122 Democrats in opposing the bill that would have extended the provisions through December 8. Many Democrats preferred a longer extension through 2013.
The White House and some Democrats prefer a longer extension of the three provisions, through 2013, and Senate Democrats are expected to propose legislation calling for such an extension.