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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., helped pass final legislation today that would give law enforcement authorities more flexibility in pursuing terrorists and bringing them to justice.

The Senate passed, H.R. 3162, the final conference report of The Uniting and Strengthening America (USA) Act by a vote of 98-1. The conference report reflects the compromise reached between the House and Senate on their respective versions of the USA Act.

Enzi said that the chief difference in the legislation from the original Senate version, would be the addition of a sunset provision for electronic surveillance regulations that were expanded by the initial bill. These regulations, which would enable investigators with a court order to track e-mail movement, tap telephones and search the homes of suspected terrorists, would expire, or "sunset" after four years on Dec. 31, 2005. After that time the surveillance regulations could be reauthorized.

Enzi said that the bill would be an effective tool to fight terrorism and because of the careful wording of the legislation and congressional oversight of its application, it will protect the civil rights of citizens.

"Law enforcement and intelligence agencies should have the flexibility needed to effectively thwart terrorism, but it should not be at the expense of our civil rights," said Enzi.

The bill will next be sent to the President to be signed into law.