Citizen detention, Iran bank sanctions coming up in Defense bill Thursday

The amendment from Sens. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (D-N.J.) and Mark KirkMark KirkStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Immigration critics find their champion in Trump Trump's nominee to lead USAID has the right philosophy on international aid MORE (R-Ill.) would toughen U.S. sanctions against Iran’s central bank in an effort to prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Two amendments from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ MORE (D-Calif.) are designed to change the Defense legislation’s mandate of military custody for terror suspects, an issue that’s drawn a veto threat from the White House.

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One of Feinstein’s amendments would bar the military from indefinitely detaining U.S. citizens, an issue that sparked contentious debate Wednesday on the Senate floor.

It’s unclear whether Feinstein’s amendments will be successful: An attempt by Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE (D-Colo.) to strip the detainee provisions from the bill was defeated Tuesday in a 38-60 vote.