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9/14/06--Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, during the Senate Armed Services Committee open markup of controversial draft legislation to authorize military commissions to try alleged terrorists. A closed markup was suspended this morning when an unnamed Republican invoked a Senate rule to block further proceedings. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., later announced that the block had been lifted, and the committee planned to resume work this afternoon. But the maneuver was widely viewed as an attempt by conservative Republicans to thwart Chairman John W. Warner, R-Va., and his allies on Armed Services as they sought to report a tribunal bill that departs sharply from the White HouseÕs wishes. A senior Senate Republican aide, requesting anonymity, revealed the fissures in Republican ranks on the issue. Even after the block on the markup was lifted, the aide vowed: ÒNo legislation walking away from the president will be marked up in committee today. Members have been pretty clear that itÕs wrong for a few members to go their own way on this and have urged Warner to refrain from taking a fateful step.Ó Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

9/14/06--Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, during the Senate Armed Services Committee open markup of controversial draft legislation to authorize military commissions to try alleged terrorists. A closed markup was suspended this morning when an unnamed Republican invoked a Senate rule to block further proceedings. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., later announced that the block had been lifted, and the committee planned to resume work this afternoon. But the maneuver was widely viewed as an...
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