Congressional negotiators announce agreement on $662 billion defense bill
December 12th, 2011
10:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Congressional negotiators announce agreement on $662 billion defense bill

Washington (CNN) - House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

In particular, the lawmakers added language to make clear that nothing in the bill requiring military custody of al Qaeda suspects would interfere with the ability of civilian law enforcement to carry out terrorism investigations and interrogations in the United States.


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  1. Just a thought

    This is good news....I hope my fellow Progressives won't force me out of our big tent. But this is good for the country. We have to maintain our ability to secure this country. And Pres. Obama is focused on just that, combined with "wise use" of our military....primarily taking great care in the deployment of our nation's finest, our fellow men and women in the military and making sure they have every resource in fighting for this great country of ours.

    December 12, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |

    The Tea Party should be quiet forever....

    December 12, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. $LA.

    I say veto.This 662 Billion dallor defence .......and BLess everybody......when the last time GOD BLESS U....$$$$$

    December 13, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. george of the jungle

    when it comes to military spending the repos have an open checkbook but when it comes to the middle class its a different story Now how are we paying for this??? I guess thwey don't care.

    December 13, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  5. Ricdiesel

    hope they don't spend it on $300 screwdrivers,$1200 toilet seats,and $100 nuts and bolts like in the no-bid contracts to companies like Haliburton etc.

    December 13, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. diridi

    Cut all the defense, o.k, put more money on Education, Energy Independence, Border, Infrastructure, etc...Obama2012.

    December 13, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |