Udall Statement on Senate Vote for Flawed Detention Provisions
Today, Mark Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 37-61 against his amendment to prevent a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act by stripping out controversial provisions relating to military detention of suspected terrorists. Udall detailed his argument for the amendment in a Washington Post op-ed published today. The text of his amendment is available HERE.
"I'm disappointed that the Senate today ignored the advice of the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and numerous defense experts and retired military officials and did not pass my amendment. I've opposed these detention provisions from the beginning and voted against them twice because of the potential harm they would do to national security. We still have well over 100 amendments to consider between now and when we finish debate on the overall legislation, and I will be working with my colleagues to craft detention provisions that will prevent a veto of this critically important defense authorization bill."