Levin, who is retiring at the end of 2014, has said he wants to consider making changes to the decade-old law that is used to detain terror suspects in military custody.
The Obama administration’s decision not to label Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an “enemy combatant” put a spotlight on the law, with conservatives calling for him to be held in military custody.
“There’s a lot of questions which are floating around that need to be at least addressed and thought about,” Levin said.
The Armed Services panel is also holding a classified briefing this week where senators will be briefed on the Syrian civil war by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Miller and Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs.
The White House’s statement last month that it had evidence of a chemical attack in Syria has sparked new calls for the U.S. to take military action there. Many senators have called for either arming the rebels or establishing a no-fly zone.
Last week, Democratic committee chairmen Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.) joined Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) on the chamber floor in a sign of growing desire within Congress for more action in Syria.
Administration officials say they are now considering whether to arm vetted rebel groups.
On the House side, the Armed Services Committee has no hearings scheduled this week, a stark change from the steady stream of military officials who have come to Capitol Hill over the past month.
That’s because the House’s 2014 budget hearings have concluded, and the House panel is now in bill-writing mode for the annual Defense authorization bill. The bill’s markup will begin in the subcommittees next week, with the committee’s marathon full markup — a process that usually lasts well past midnight — is scheduled for June 5.
The House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees both have their eyes on Tehran this week, with back-to-back hearings on U.S. policy in Iran slated for Wednesday.
Both panels have asked Wendy Sherman, State Department undersecretary for political affairs; and David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financing, to testify.
The Senate panel is also planning a closed briefing about Iran the same day.