But the Senate is known to be split on how to proceed with a longer extension. Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinMika Brzezinski: Clinton camp wanted me off the air White House orders intelligence report of election cyberattacks Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss MORE (D-Calif.) earlier this year proposed a straight extension, which the Obama administration supports. And Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMnuchin, Price meet with GOP senators Business groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality MORE (R-Iowa) prefers a permanent extension.
While Senate Democrats seem eager to move a longer Patriot Act extension, the House might take a slower road. House Democrats hotly opposed any extension until thorough hearings are held, and Republicans promised to hold hearings during the three-month extension.
The surveillance authorities expire Feb. 28, and the extension approved by the House and Senate would extend that until May 27.
As of Friday morning, President Obama had not signed the extension, but is expected to, possibly over the weekend.