Sen. Udall won't push change to detainee laws until bill hits floor

Sen. Mark UdallMark 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.) 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.

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Instead, Udall said he will wait to offer the amendment before the full Senate, where he will likely have the backing of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinCo-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier agrees to speak to Senate panel Senate Judiciary subpoenas Manafort Overnight Cybersecurity: Kushner says no collusion, improper contacts with Russia | House poised to vote on Russia sanctions | U.S., Japan to beef up cyber cooperation MORE (D-Calif.).

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 SmithArmed Services leaders appoint strategy panel members House passes 6.5B defense policy bill House votes to allow Pentagon funding for gender transition MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse passes Russia sanctions deal GOP divided over care for transgender troops Dem rep polls Twitter followers on whether a hot dog is a sandwich 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 LevinTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Former senator investigated man in Trump Jr. meeting for money laundering Dems abuse yet another Senate tradition to block Trump's agenda MORE (D-Mich.), say that last year's legislation only codified already existing laws.

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteOPINION: Democracy will send ISIS to the same grave as communism Kelly Ayotte joins defense contractor's board of directors Week ahead: Comey firing dominates Washington 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.

This story was updated at 1:37 p.m.