Reid May Yield on Detainee Language, Allowing Authorization Bill to Advance
In comments on the Senate floor Tuesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appears to have dropped his demand that several provisions dealing with the detention of terrorism suspects be removed from the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill before he will bring it to the floor for debate.
Reid earlier insisted the provisions be removed due to White House opposition over language barring accused terrorists with direct ties to al Qaeda from being held in federal prisons. The change in heart comes in response to Republican demands that the chamber consider the measure, S. 1253, in its current form, reported CQ Today.
It still is not clear how the dispute will be resolved, with a solution expected to take several days or more. Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he hopes the bill will be debated after the Senate returns from a recess the week of Oct. 31. Reid pledged, however, to move the bill before the end of the year, according to CQ.