Rep. Jeff Landry has authored a bill that would prevent Americans from being indefinitely detained without trial, which is a concern Members have over the recently passed defense authorization bill.
The California Democrat also tried to strike a compromise on detainee language between the Senate and White House when the chamber first debated the defense measure, but Obama issued a veto threat despite her efforts. The White House finally lifted that threat after conferees worked out their measure to ensure there would be no interference with FBI investigations.
Even the White House had its own misgivings about the bill. In his statement announcing the end of the veto threat, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted that “if in the process of implementing this law we determine that it will negatively impact our counterterrorism professionals and undercut our commitment to the rule of law, we expect that the authors of these provisions will work quickly and tirelessly to correct these problems.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.