Senate to Debate Future of Guantanamo

Posted June 8, 2015 at 5:10am

The Hill reports that “Republicans are headed for a showdown over closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.”  

“The Senate is debating an annual defense policy bill that contains language allowing President Obama to close the facility and transfer detainees to the United States if he can get a plan approved by Congress. While the bill would still give Congress the final say, some Republicans are fiercely opposed to any move toward shuttering the prison camp.”  

“The Guantánamo provisions garnered broad bipartisan support in the Senate Armed Services Committee, winning adoption in a 19-7 vote. But that vote also split Republicans, underscoring the disagreements in the party about what to do with the controversial facility and its detainees… The 2016 defense bill will last through the end of Obama’s term, meaning that if he allows Congress to place additional restrictions, he would effectively block himself from being able to close the facility.”