Chronology of the USA PATRIOT Act, 2001

October 26: President Bush Signs the USA PATRIOT Act into Law in a Rose Garden Ceremony. 

October 25: Senate Passes H.R. 3162, the USA PATRIOT Act. The vote was 98-1 with Senator Russ Feingold the only member voting against passage of the bill. 

October 24: House Passes Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001. The new bill, H.R. 3162, is the result of negotiations to resolve differences between House and Senate anti-terrorism bills (H.R.2975 and S. 1510). 

October 12: Senate and House Pass Anti-Terrorism Legislation; Problematic Privacy Provision Retained

The Senate passed its anti-terrorism legislation, S. 1510, very late on Thursday night, October 11th.The final vote was 96 to 1 with Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) the only Senator voting against the bill. 

October 10: (1) Anti-Terrorism Bill Goes to Senate Floor October 11; (2) House Anti-Terrorism Bill Passes Judiciary Committee, Privacy Advocates Press for House Deliberations on H.R. 2975

(1) Anti-terrorism bill goes to Senate floor October 11th.ALA and others in the library community have been working to get troublesome provisions on library records and patron privacy as well as computer trespassing changed in the bills moving quickly through the Senate and the House of Representatives. (2) The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill on a bipartisan basis that seeks to address several critical civil liberty concerns, but these concerns may not be addressed. Please contact House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and ask him to call for a vote on H.R. 2975, the PATRIOT Act. 

September 24: (1) Bush Administration Submits Anti-Terrorism Legislation to Congress; (2) ACLU and other civil liberties groups release "In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis" statement

1) Hearings have just started in the House of Representatives with other hearings scheduled September 25th, on the Anti-terrorist Act of 2001. The proposed legislation is intended to "combat terrorism and defend the Nation against terrorist acts."It now appears to be moving on an expedited schedule although many in Congress and elsewhere are encouraging the House and Senate to go cautiously and prudently without rushing into this legislation. (2) A broad coalition of civil rights and civil liberties groups as well as other political, religious, immigration, and related organizations have signed the "In Defense of Freedom at a Time of Crisis" statement.The diverse coalition has just been established because of concerns about threats to civil liberties as the Nation addresses security and other issues in this time of war. 

September 22: (1) Library Associations' Reaction to Sept. 11th Attack; 
(2) ALA Q&A on the Confidentiality and Privacy of Library Records

(1) The American Library Association, in collaboration with colleagues at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), released a statement September 20, 2001. (2) America's library community mourns the innocent victims of the recent terrorist attacks.We send our deepest sympathy to their families, friends, and other survivors. We also extend our appreciation and heartfelt support to the thousands of police officers, firefighters, volunteers, and other emergency personnel in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania who have sacrificed so much to assist others.