Senate Passes $662B Defense Bill After Deal on Detainee Language
December 1, 2011
The Senate passed a $662 billion Defense bill Thursday evening after a long fight over how the U.S. military detains terror suspects.
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.