Senate Democrats And Republicans Hold Policy Cmte Meetings
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (2nd L) refuses to answer press questions as he leaves the Senate Republican policy luncheon with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (R) at the U.S. Captiol November 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses met separately behind closed doors to discuss the annual $226 billion Defense Authorization legislation. The White House has threatened to veto the military spending bill over parts of the bill requiring that al-Qaeda members captured on US soil be held by the military and not civilian authorties. Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said there was a robust debate on the detainee issue during the GOP luncheon, but Cheney did not join the discussion.