09 December 2009

Lengthy discussion on detainees' rights trumps bill markup on American troops access to the Supreme Court in House Judiciary Committee

Today a resolution, H.Res. 920, which was previously introduced by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), regarding detainees at Guantanamo Bay trumped discussions on the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, H.R. 569.

H.R. 569 was due to be marked-up today by the full House Judiciary Committee but because there was a long discussion -- two-hours-plus -- on H.Res 920, H.R. 569 has been held over to the next markup, which will be in January 2010.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers had issued a memorandum on Monday to all members of the Judiciary Committee concerning three bills which were due to be marked-up today. The memo, which can be found here, discusses H.R. 569 (at pages 9 - 14).

This memo also includes a manager's amendment, which passed by voice vote in a markup in June by the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, regarding a technical amendment to section 2, and an effective date.

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