Levin and Senate Armed Services ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have defended the provisions as an important step to help the U.S. combat terrorism.
Attempts to strip the terror detention policies from the bill were not unsuccessful in the Senate, where the bill ultimately passed 93-7. Congressional sources have said this week the military custody provisions are expected to remain in the final bill, putting pressure on the president to either back down and sign the bill or veto what’s considered must-pass legislation.
The president’s involvement in negotiations raises the stakes of his veto threat if some changes aren’t made to the detainee provisions.
Levin told The Hill earlier this week that he “can’t imagine” Obama would veto the bill.
“I went through the provisions with them and showed their concern about an impact on civilian law enforcement was not there,” Levin said of meetings with administration officials.
Other top administration officials have also met with senators this week. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Graham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House MORE (R-S.C.), an Armed Services member, said on Tuesday the committee was trying “to accommodate” administration concerns after GOP senators met with FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump tweets: 'Trump Russia story is a hoax' Path to 60 narrows for Trump pick Overnight Cybersecurity: New questions for House Intel chair over WH visit | Cyber war debate heats up | Firm finds security flaws in 'panic buttons' MORE and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also spoke with Levin, according to the AP.
Levin said the goal is to finish the Defense bill before the end of next week.