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there comes a time republican senator rand paul wrapping up a marathon ten and a half hour speech on the senate floor just before midnight wednesday that'll extension of the patriot act which gives washington spy agencies sweeping powers together billions of telephone records from american citizens the data collection program was exposed to years ago by former national security agency contractor edward snowden it expires at the end of the month and republicans in congress are locked in a dispute over what to do next , paul called the move a filibuster all the stickers for protocol of pointed out it was simply a very long speech , that's because there weren't any bills for paul to actually block last week the house overwhelmingly voted to end the massive spying program and replace it with another bill that would only spy selectively but in the senate a different story majority leader mitch mcconnell and his supporters want to keep it as is paul said that besides the political and diplomatic ramifications it's also costing u. s. tech companies billions of dollars in losses