No surprises among Senate conferees for Defense bill

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers feel pressure on guns Feinstein: Trump must urge GOP to pass bump stock ban Florida lawmakers reject motion to consider bill that would ban assault rifles MORE (D-Calif.), the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, reached a compromise Thursday with Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinSen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report Congress needs bipartisanship to fully investigate Russian influence MORE (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 McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.) had assured her that the compromise language would remain in the final bill that comes out of the conference committee.

Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery 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.), 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.