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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.