According to various news reports, the House and Senate passed a five-week extension of the Patriot Act with very few congressmen present.
The extension was approved by voice vote in sparsely attended sessions in the two chambers. With most lawmakers having already left town for their holiday vacations, just one senator, John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, was on hand. Mr. Warner presided over a session that lasted four minutes.
Could somebody please explain how this is possible? Just one Senator present? I mean, how does one even second a motion?