No surprises among Senate conferees for Defense bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, reached a compromise Thursday with Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) over how the military detains terror suspects, an issue that has sparked heated debate on the bill and has drawn a White House veto threat.

While Feinstein won’t be in the conference committee, she said on the floor Thursday that Levin and ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had assured her that the compromise language would remain in the final bill that comes out of the conference committee.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who tried unsuccessfully to strip the detainee language from the Senate bill, said in a statement Thursday that he will “continue to fight for a consensus” on detainees in conference.

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