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The bill passed overwhelmingly 93-7, following an agreement reached late Thursday afternoon to add compromise language on the detention of U.S. citizens and terror suspects on U.S. soil.
Now the Defense bill goes to conference committee with the House, which had its own language on detaining terror suspects that must be reconciled with the Senate version.
It is not clear whether the change will satisfy the White House, which has threatened to veto the Defense bill over the detainee provisions.
“Senator McCain, Senator Graham and I have argued on this floor that there's nothing in our bill, nothing, which changes the rights of United States citizens,” Levin said. “There was no intent to do it.”
Passing 93-7 is a VERY bad sign. That means both parties have agreed to this essentially. And if both parties in the senate agree, it seems the house would be following in a similar direction.
Originally posted by tonimackaroni
The bill itself hasn't actually been passed yet. If you check thomas.gov and type s1867 in the bill number search its current status is listed as "cloture" meaning that a movement to end debate on the bill has been agreed upon and it will move forward to either be signed or vetoed by the president...
Originally posted by isthisreallife
reply to post by TupacShakur
Obama has said he will veto though if it makes it through the House.
Now, with 93% of the vote in the Senate....if that translates at all over to the House....his veto won't matter.
Maybe that's why Obama has said he will veto. It will be a good campaign point, and it will show a "decisive" leader without actually having to go against a bill that attempts to strip away the Constitution.
Originally posted by EvilBat
The se7en that said Nay
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] Nay
Sen. Thomas Harkin [D, IA] Nay
Sen. Mike Lee [R, UT] Nay
Sen. Jeff Merkley [D, OR] Nay
Sen. Rand Paul [R, KY] Nay
Sen. Bernard Sanders [I, VT] Nay
Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR] Nay
glad my state said no
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
Yeah but with numbers that high -- there is a strong chance that the veto will be null and void with an override back in Congress. Tis scary but there is still hope that during reconciliation of the two bills -- from each respective House -- that the language is neutered or removed; wishful thinking is night time trait of mine.