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Thune Votes to Reauthorize PATRIOT Act

Highlights Provisions to Combat Meth Use

March 2, 2006

Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune (R-SD) today voted in favor of legislation to reauthorize the USA PATRIOT Act, saving certain critical national security provisions from expiring on March 10. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 89-10.

"Today's passage of legislation to re-authorize the Patriot Act was essential for safeguarding our nation against the ongoing threat of terrorism," Thune said. "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 included 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'm pleased these measures to crack down on those who produce, use and sell meth were agreed to and will be signed into law in the near future."

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 producers and traffickers.