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.) is bypassing a fight in committee on indefinite detention laws, waiting until the Defense authorization bill moves to the floor to try to change the law that passed last year.
Udall told The Hill he submitted and withdrew his indefinite detention amendment in the Senate Armed Services Committee markup of the defense bill, which just concluded in a closed session on Thursday.
Udall wants to change laws that allow for indefinite detention of terrorist suspects who are captured on U.S. soil. The issue generated criticism when it was included in last year’s Defense authorization bill.
Udall told The Hill his amendment will be similar to the one offered by House Armed Services ranking member Adam SmithAdam SmithPentagon starts review of nuclear posture ordered by Trump Overnight Cybersecurity: Rice denies wrongly unmasking Trump team | Dems plead for electric grid cyber funds | China reportedly targeting cloud providers Lawmakers introduce bill to end warrantless phone searches at border MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGreens take climate fight to GOP town halls US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen Who will replace Chaffetz on Oversight? MORE (R-Mich.).
Udall said he still had to study that amendment, which failed in the House, before he finalized the language in his.
Supporters of the indefinite detention laws, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinFor the sake of American taxpayers, companies must pay their fair share What the Iran-Contra investigation can teach us about Russia probe Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral MORE (D-Mich.), say that last year's legislation only codified already existing laws.
Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteHow Gorsuch's confirmation shapes the next Supreme Court battle THE MEMO: Trump set to notch needed win with Gorsuch Gorsuch sherpa: Dems giving GOP ‘no choice’ on nuclear option MORE (R-N.H.), a vocal supporter of the detention provisions, says she is also planning at least one amendment, and maybe more, for the floor debate.
She said she will have an amendment that restricts transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil, a provision that was also included in last year’s bill.