The Senate votes to avoid a filibuster, opening debate in a procedural vote on an extension of the Patriot Act.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor reports from Washington...

Before the vote, the merits of the extension were a matter up for debate.

Montana Democrat Jon Tester says he's a "no" vote...

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley says he wants to see these provisions made permanent...

But in the end...

Amendments will be voted on in the coming days.