- November 26, 2012
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A dispute over an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has pushed back Senate consideration of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill again, but debate on the annual policy legislation could begin later this week. The latest delay stems from a disagreement between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Paul over the amendment that would guarantee a jury trial for Americans detained in terrorism cases. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, on Monday told CQ that Graham’s concerns would be addressed shortly, which should allow the bill to go to the chamber floor by Wednesday. If the Senate begins debating the authorization bill then, a final vote could take place next Monday. Now McCain and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Armed Services chairman, are screening proposed amendments in an attempt to limit the floor debate to three days.