Senator Rand Paul stalls the Patriot Act vote

(NBC News) Republican presidential hopeful and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wrapped up a ten-and-a half hour filibuster-like speech to protest the renewal of the Patriot Act late Wednesday night.

Senator Paul highlighted his opposition to the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of telephone data.

Paul officially relinquished the Senate floor at 11:48 pm Eastern time after 10 hours and 30 minutes. His speech was not a true filibuster at because it did not delay consideration of any bill, but his remarks will draw attention to his longtime push for more protection of privacy rights.

Paul received support from senators on both sides of the aisle, yielding for questions from a handful of Democrats.

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