OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Senate takes up defense budget bill

¡Guantanamera!: Another House fight that is sure to make its way to the other side of Capitol Hill is the debate over detainee rights. Last Friday, House members capped weeks of contentious debate on the issue last Friday when they rejected a plan banning indefinite detention of terror suspects caught in the United States.

The legislation was introduced as an amendment to the House defense bill by Reps. Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes fix to defense bill's medical approval provision GOP chairman 'increasingly' concerned about using old war authorization House passes 2B defense policy bill MORE (D-Wash.) and Justin AmashJustin AmashThe 13 House Republicans who voted against the GOP tax plan House Judiciary advances warrantless wiretapping reform bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill MORE (R-Mich.). But the House did approve language that would guarantee habeas corpus rights to detainees. We could see some fireworks from Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinA lesson on abuse of power by Obama and his Senate allies President Trump, listen to candidate Trump and keep Volcker Rule Republicans can learn from John McCain’s heroism MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.), given their history squaring off against the administration on this issue. We will have to wait and see if history repeats itself this time around.

Taiwan fight: A plan to sell F-16 fighters to Taiwan might have taken off in the House bill, but it could come crashing down once the Senate gets a hold of the legislation. House members passed a measure guaranteeing the United States would sell no less than 66 fighters to Taipei, to help that island nation defend itself against Chinese aggression. The White House opened the door for such a move when it shifted its stance on selling arms to Taiwan earlier this year. Defense lawmakers might not repeal the House move wholesale, but expect the language — specifically on the number of planes to be sold — to be softened significantly once the final Senate defense mark is complete.

Open and shut: As many readers of The Hill know, the Senate — unlike its House counterpart — marks up its bills behind closed doors. But the Project on Government Oversight is making a lobbying push for the committee to open up its full committee markup. The group has the support of 45 organizations and submitted a petition to the senators on the committee with 1,000 signatures. The group is hoping to convince the committee’s senators when they vote this week whether the full mark-up should be open or closed, though it’s unlikely the panel will break with their tradition and change things. A Levin spokeswoman tells The Hill the Senate markups are closed because the committee discusses classified information in its deliberations.

But there's a small sign that things may be changing ...

One will be open: The Readiness subcommittee markup, chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillOn Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Gillibrand to donate money from Franken's PAC MORE (D-Mo.), will be open to the public, if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the committee in action. This will be the second year in a row that McCaskill’s subcommittee has been the lone open markup as the panel works on the authorization bill.


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