Rand Paul’s Ready to Stay Up All Night to Stop NSA Surveillance


Who likes sequels? Obviously, most of you, because Avengers: Age of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2 are making tons of money. But what about political sequels? Because that is what Rand Paul is hyping supporters with on Twitter tonight; a sequel to his Patriot Act filibuster (technically not an official one, though) from earlier this week.

Paul’s objecting to the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, particularly the provision allowing for bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, and he is one of the senators pushing the USA Freedom Act, which would end the practice.

And he’s really trying to hype people about stopping it again:

Paul told reporters that leadership will “have to either try and work with us or we’ll be here all weekend.”

Now, obviously more libertarian-minded people are with Paul all the way on this one, but if this National Journal report is any indication, some of Paul’s colleagues are just a teeny tiny bit annoyed.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller is a co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, but he has some minor issues with Paul:

“It’s causing some frustration for some members,” Heller told reporters. “Sen. Paul is going to do what Sen. Paul wants to do, and everyone lets him do it. Sometimes it looks more like presidential politics than anything else.

“He has a position, he has a point,” he added. “We don’t disagree with him, but there are probably other ways he could be effective, or more effective.”

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