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Detainee policy, sanctions on Iran loom large as Senate looks to wrap up work on defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Senate is moving to complete a massive defense bill that has drawn a presidential veto threat over increasing the role of the military in detaining terrorist suspects and indefinite detention of even American citizens linked to terrorism.
A final vote was expected Thursday on the $662 billion measure that would authorize funds for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and national security programs in the Energy Department.
The bill is $27 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 and $43 billion less than what Congress provided to the Pentagon this year.
Before the vote, however, the Senate must deal with efforts to change the provisions on captured suspects. Senior Democrats and the administration oppose the provisions.