hurdles cleared for detainee legislation

hurdles cleared for detainee legislationfrom ap/yahoo: Republicans on Wednesday cleared procedural hurdles in the House and Senate on the way to giving President Bush authority to detain, interrogate and try terrorism detainees before military commissions.

House Republicans succeeded on a vote in blocking any Democratic amendments to the legislation. In the Senate, GOP leaders won an agreement from Democrats to debate the bill for less than a dozen hours and then vote on it.

Four Democrats and Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania are being given opportunities to offer amendments in the Senate, but all were expected to fall with lawmakers eager to adjourn this weekend to devote the next five weeks to campaigning for re-election…

While bowing to the inevitable, Democrats continued to criticize the bill… Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said Congress was acting in “an election-year frenzy” without addressing human rights and constitutional issues raised by the bill.

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