After years of waiting, Congress is finally confronting President Barack Obama directly on his deadly and unconstitutional plan to release Islamic terrorists from GITMO in Cuba.
This new bill would prohibit those enemy combatants from being transferred out of Guantanamo Bay through September 2017, long after Obama’s second term. In addition, it would prevent Obama from keeping his promise to close down the military base, where so many of America’s enemies are imprisoned.
This is incredible!
Sen. Kelly Ayotte introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit any transfers from Guantanamo Bay through September 2017, several months past the end of President Obama’s term.
The Detaining Terrorists to Protect Americans Act of 2016 would also permanently ban any transfers of detainees to the U.S., and prohibit the closure of the detention center in Cuba.
“Unfortunately, this administration seems more interested in releasing terrorists and bringing the remainder to the United States in order to close Guantanamo and fulfill a misguided and dangerous campaign promise,” Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement. “My legislation would suspend the administration’s dangerous releases that have allowed terrorists to return to the battlefield and permanently prevent the administration from bringing Guantanamo terrorists to the United States.”
Current law prohibits the transfer of detainees to the U.S. and the construction of any facilities in the U.S. to hold detainees, but that law is typically renewed each year in the annual defense policy bill. Ayotte’s bill would make those bans permanent.
Is this bill too late? Maybe, but as President Barack Obama acts like he’s above the law, Congress must use their power of the purse to make sure his illegal actions have consequences.
Now, it’s up to the Republican-controlled Senate and House to approve it. But in the Senate it would die on the floor without 60 votes. That might be a stretch.
However, this is a positive sign that Congress is willing to take bold action against Obama’s unsafe plans for Islamic terrorists who should remain behind bars, forever. It’s time to hold Obama’s feet to the fire!
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