Reid promises to move Defense authorization bill

“We have wasted months and months because of obstructionism,” Reid said. “We are trying to find time to do lots of things.”

Republican Sens. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return Groups urge Senate to oppose defense language on for-profit colleges MORE (Ariz.), Kelley Ayotte (N.H.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' Romney should endorse Clinton Graham: I'm still not supporting Trump MORE (S.C.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellRyan seeks to put stamp on GOP in Trump era Trump and Ryan to speak by phone Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (Ky.) had argued in a colloquy, just moments before, that Reid ought not to hold up the funding bill, which cleared committee by strong support, over a single provision he or President Obama oppose. 

“I always believe these issues were to be resolved through debate,” McCain said.

Reid threatened last month to keep the entire 2012 Defense authorization bill off the Senate floor over the detainee issue, because it includes a provision that would clear the way for indefinite detentions of suspected al Qaeda members and similar groups. The provision ensures that terrorism suspects are kept out of the civilian court system and instead held in military custody while awaiting their trials.

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