The Obama administration has released another five inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp less than a week after Congress legally barred the president from shuttering the facility and transporting the remaining detainees to the United States, according to the Pentagon.
The Senate passed two bills on Tuesday that would prohibit the Obama administration from transferring to the United States any prisoners currently being held on terrorism charges at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan dodged questions about her support for President Obama’s plan to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday evening.
Senate Republicans blasted a proposal by the Obama administration to transfer terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay to prisons across the United States, saying that the plan puts “political promises ahead of national security.”
Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) is now voicing concern about transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Colorado despite voting three times against legislation that would have blocked terrorists from being moved to prisons in the United States.
The Obama administration and Congress are heading for a showdown over the president’s plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer its remaining terrorists abroad or to U.S. prisons.