House lawmakers on Thursday voted to temporarily bar the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees from the United States and foreign countries, in defiance of a veto threat from the Obama administration.
The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto legislation that would prevent the transfer of remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees to foreign countries or federal prisons in the United States.
Republicans on the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the Obama administration’s largest release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay endangers American troops, and that the president will be fully responsible for any American casualties resulting from the transfer.
The U.S. approved the release of 15 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to the United Arab Emirates on Monday evening, marking the single largest transfer under the Obama administration.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) released an unclassified Pentagon report on Wednesday detailing the extremist backgrounds of more than 100 detainees held or recently released from Guantanamo Bay military prison.
The State Department announced Wednesday that it has added two people to the federal list of designated terrorists, one of whom was once detained at Guantanamo Bay military prison.