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

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“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.