The House passed the wartime spending bill this afternoon after a procedural motion effectively blocked the resettlement of Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the United States until President Obama submits a plan for closing the military prison, Politico reported.
The plan will need to detail the reasoning and cost behind any detainee transfer, in addition to any security risks associated with prisoner resettlement in the United States, Politico reported. Furthermore, the president would have to give a 30 day warning to local officials if a detainee is transferred to their state, Politico said.
On the other side of Capitol Hill today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the wartime spending bill with $80 million for Guantanamo, The Hill reported. Like the House bill, the Senate bill calls for a plan before funds are given to close Guantanamo, but the Senate bill would give $30 million to the Justice Department regardless of a plan.
“We have fenced it,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said, according to The Hill. “We have no plan, and I’d like to know what the money is being spent on.”
But the $30 million may not be a done deal when the Senate version of the bill goes up for a final vote, The Hill said. Republicans are signaling that they will add an amendment that would keep all of the $80 million away from Obama until there is a plan, The Hill reported.
“It is misguided to close a facility housing terrorists when there is no plan,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, according to The Hill. “The prisoners housed at Guantanamo are terrorists. They attacked our nation and killed our citizens and pose a threat to our national security.”