Going into his final months as president, Barack Hussein Obama made a promise to close Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office. That’s why it came as devastating news to him this week when the House of Representatives backed legislation on Thursday that will halt the transfer of more detainees from the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Blaze reported that the bill passed by a 244-171 vote, and it will ban Obama’s government from spending money on any Guantanamo prisoner transfers, even those to a foreign country. The legislation will last until the end of 2016 or until a bill that authorizes defense funding is signed into law.
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Unfortunately, the bill has no chance of becoming law as the White House is already threatening to veto. However, it gives Republicans the opportunity to put Democrats on record on the issue in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election and to use their votes against them in campaigns. Minutes after the vote, the House Republicans’ campaign committee sent out a news release with the headline, “Democrats vote to close GITMO and bring terrorists to U.S. soil (again).”
Republican backers of the bill have pointed out that releasing detainees from Guantanamo gives them the opportunity to return to terrorism. They also said that if the detainees are transferred to U.S. soil, it could threaten in Americans living in the communities they are brought to. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., said that when these prisoners are brought to a U.S. jail or prison, “you have just put a target on every school, every business, every mall in that community.”
However, Obama and his supporters argue that Guantanamo weakens national security by draining resources and emboldening violent extremists.
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