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White House: No Timeline on Gitmo Closure Plan

By Thomas McKinless

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Following CQ Roll Call’s exclusive interview with Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who said he expected the White House submit a plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within the next month, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration has no timetable for when it will present a proposal to Congress. “I think the chief bottleneck is Congress,” Earnest said. “We have seen Congress pass legislation that they put in place intentionally and specifically to make closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay much more difficult.” Work also said the report will include a menu of options and the costs associated with each of those, rather than choosing one domestic facility to house the detainees still held at Guantanamo. Read more.

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