Leaders of Congress reach deal to extend Patriot Act

US FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION seal, on texture with PATRIOT ACT lettering, finished graphic 2007/3/9

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner have reached an agreement to extend the Patriot Act for four years.

The bill will have to pass both the Senate and the House. It is unclear what kind of support the agreement will get from rank and file members.

Reid scheduled a procedural vote for 5:00 pm on Monday to begin debate on the Patriot Act extension. Sixty Senators would need to support moving to the legislation in order to open debate.

Parts of the current Patriot Act expire at the end of this month.