Senate panel to hold hearings on drone policy

March 7, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the domestic use of unmanned aerial drones, its chairman said Thursday.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said the panel will hold the March 20 hearing in light of bipartisan concerns with how the Obama administration might use drones on U.S. soil.
"Many of you on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns about the domestic use of drones, and we will have a significant hearing on that," Leahy told his colleagues.

In a bit of comity, Leahy also thanked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for holding his nearly 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday "because it kept everyone in town" and meant that enough senators were present to proceed to votes on the gun legislation.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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