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

The amendment from Sens. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (D-N.J.) and Mark KirkMark KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood 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 FeinsteinDemocrats exploring lawsuit against Trump Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Comey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee 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 UdallPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' Election autopsy: Latinos favored Clinton more than exit polls showed MORE (D-Colo.) to strip the detainee provisions from the bill was defeated Tuesday in a 38-60 vote.