Senate bill would ban Guantanamo Bay detainees from US

Nov 10, 2015 8:40 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is expected to pass a bill that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States - something Barack Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president.

The Senate plans to vote today on the $607 billion defense policy bill, which passed the House last week, 370-58.

While current law and the new bill prohibits Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, lawmakers are voicing opposition to the prospect that Obama could do it through executive action.

The Pentagon is expected soon to release a report that addresses the possibility of housing some of the remaining 112 detainees in Colorado, Kansas or South Carolina prisons.

Congress has repeatedly thwarted Obama's effort to fulfill a campaign promise to close the prison.


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