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09/19/06--Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., talks to the media before the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, which Vice President Dick Cheney attended. Senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including McCain, are not satisfied with White House alterations to legislation that would govern trials of detainees accused of terrorism and will make a counteroffer Tuesday, Senate GOP aides said. And to further complicate negotiations, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to give his panel a crack at the bill too. The White House proposal, submitted on Monday to the Armed Services group, would change just one element of legislation (S 3861) that President Bush proposed to guide the treatment and trials of enemy combatants captured in the war on terror. It would tweak a provision defining U.S. obligations for treating detainees under the Geneva Conventions, an aide said. But the proposed change does not satisfy Chairman John W. Warner, R-Va.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who have led a revolt based on their belief that a unilateral change to the Geneva Conventions could imperil U.S. troops captured by other nations or terror groups. The Armed Services Committee on Sept. 14 approved its own version of detainee legislation (S 3901). Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

09/19/06--Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., talks to the media before the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, which Vice President Dick Cheney attended. Senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including McCain, are not satisfied with White House alterations to legislation that would govern trials of detainees accused of terrorism and will make a counteroffer Tuesday, Senate GOP aides said. And to further complicate negotiations, the...
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