Udall Amendment Fails 37-61; Rand Paul 1 of only 2 Republican "Yeas"Submitted by SteveMT on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 18:43
Udall Amendment Fails, Setting Up Showdown on Defense Authorization Bill
By: David Dayen Tuesday November 29, 2011 2:12 pm
Mark Udall’s amendment to strip out indefinite detention provisions from the defense authorization bill failed today, and the bill will likely pass the Senate with the provisions intact.
That’s not quite right. They have promised to veto the bill, but it’s not entirely clear why, or if they will swallow hard and agree to the detention statute. In previous defense bills, the Administration has allowed passage of measures on detentions and Guantanamo that they did not support entirely.
Here’s the roll call. Udall got just 2 Republicans (Rand Paul and Mark Kirk) and 35 Democrats for his measure. The New England Three all voted to preserve the indefinite detention language. The good news, if there is any, is that Udall got enough votes to block a veto override, if it came to that. Marcy Wheeler has the rundown of the Democratic no votes, which include some surprises (Whitehouse?).