House Passes Bill Halting Gitmo Transfers

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The U.S. House of Representatives just passed House Resolution 5351 which halts all transfers from Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp until the next president takes office, or the 2017 military budget is passed.

The bill introduced by Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski passed with 244 votes in favor of the bill, and 174 against. This bill effectively keeps the 20 of 61 Gitmo detainees who are cleared for release at the camp.

Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who is one of the bill’s co-sponsors said “With the passage of HR 5351, the people’s House is sending a strong and clear message that our national security and the lives of Americans are most important.

Wenstrup also added, “In the latest round of releases, the President just transferred 15 dangerous detainees to the United Arab Emirates. Why has he not put forth a comprehensive detention and trial strategy for these dangerous individuals instead?”

Speaker Paul Ryan posted the following Tweet to announce the passage as well as make a statement on the bill saying “For the president, this is about keeping a campaign promise. For us, this is about keeping Americans safe.”

California Republican Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee applauded the bill’s passage and called the Obama administration’s policy of releasing detainees with criminal and terrorist ties “reckless and dangerous.”

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