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BREAKING NEWS ~ Senate approves spending bill with detainee treatment restrictions

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the US Senate has passed a bill [summary] that gives President Bush $50 billion for military spending, but also puts restrictions on the treatment of detainees. Earlier this week, the Senate approved an amendment [JURIST document; JURIST report] to the military spending bill that sets restrictions on the detention, interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects. The White House has repeatedly threatened to veto [IHT report] the measure. The version of the spending bill passed by the US House does not contain language banning the "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" of anyone in US custody, and the White House says that the provision is unlikely to survive conference negotiations. AP has more.

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