Armed Services Dem Praises Hagel Vote

A Democratic member of the Senate Armed Services Committee is singing the praises of Tuesday’s vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. After a lengthy filibuster mounted against Hagel by his fellow Republicans, the Senate voted to confirm the former Nebraska senator to head up the Pentagon on … Continue reading

Mark Udall Continues His Push Against Indefinite Detention Policy

A key Democratic senator is actively continuing to try to defeat provisions in a defense bill which would allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens captured by the military, including those taken on U.S. soil. As a member of the conference committee tasked with hammering out differences between the House … Continue reading

After Day Of Scrambling, Detention Policy Veto Still Looms

Fractured Senate Democrats worked Thursday to find compromise over language for legislation which ultimately could allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial. Their efforts, however, were limited at best, leaving the defense bill open to the very real threat of a rare presidential veto. The … Continue reading

Senate Pushes Obama Closer To Defense Veto

The Senate rejection of a ban on unlimited detention of U.S. citizens has brought a rare veto by President Obama much closer to reality. Senators voted down an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Wednesday which would have removed provisions of the pending overall defense authorization bill which allow … Continue reading