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Thune Calls for Timely Passage of Bill to Reauthorize PATRIOT Act

Stresses Importance of Provisions to Combat Meth Use

December 13, 2005

Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune (R-SD) today issued the following statement calling for timely passage of legislation to reauthorize the USA PATRIOT Act, which will be considered by the Senate this week:

"This week, the Senate will consider the final version of legislation to re-authorize the Patriot Act. It is essential that we pass this reauthorization before certain provisions sunset at the end of this year so we can safeguard our nation against the ongoing threat of terrorism. We cannot afford any lapses in security that leave our nation vulnerable and American families in harm’s way.

"The Patriot Act reauthorization bill is a good compromise measure that takes into account civil liberties concerns while continuing to allow open communication between law enforcement and the intelligence community as they combat terrorism.

"In addition to critical law enforcement and anti-terrorism measures, the Patriot Act reauthorization bill includes important provisions aimed at curbing methamphetamine production and use. In light of a growing meth abuse problem in South Dakota, and as an original cosponsor of the Combat Meth Act, which was added to the Patriot Act reauthorization bill, I strongly support these measures to crack down on those who produce, use and sell meth—one of the deadliest, most addictive drugs to ever spread through the U.S.

"I hope my Senate colleagues will put the safety and security of American families first and join me in reauthorizing the Patriot Act in a timely manner this week."

The Senate is scheduled to consider the conference report for the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 later this week.

Key components of the Combat Meth Act, included in the reauthorization bill, are as follows:

  • Restrict the sale of necessary ingredients to make meth.

  • Create new DEA classification for meth precursors.

  • Provide critical resources to local law enforcement and state and local governments.

  • Enhance international enforcement of meth trafficking.

  • Provide services for children affected by the spread of meth.

  • Enhance environmental regulation of meth byproducts.

  • Provide tools to prosecute meth cooks and traffickers.