BoingBoing reports Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul sorta-kinda killed the Patriot Act section 215 renewal after leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell without any compromise:
After an all-night session, Rand Paul [R-KY] and Ron Wyden [D-OR] tag-teamed majority leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and beat him to the mat — he has abandoned the current legislative effort to extend section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes mass surveillance and is set to expire on June 1.
This was not what we expected — political handicappers had put safe money on some kind of compromise emerging from today’s session. With no such compromise in sight, McConnell will have to start over, twisting arms and knocking heads to get Congress to re-authorize another long stretch of unaccountable, secret mass surveillance. He’s got his work cut out for him as the Senate has adjourned until May 31 — 24 hours before the deadline.
The fight is not yet over as the better-than-nothing-but-not-so-good USA Freedom Act was more or less defeated in the Senate as well.