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Hice Votes to Block the Transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees

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Washington, September 15, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) voted in favor of H.R. 5351 to prohibit the transfer or release of any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States or a foreign country until the end of the year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. Congressman Hice, a cosponsor of this bill, released the following statement after the bill’s passage:

“The simple truth is that these detainees – the most hardened and highly trained terrorists – were placed in Guantanamo Bay for a reason. Since he took office, President Obama has aggressively pursued the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and it has become increasingly clear that attempting to fulfill his flawed campaign promise has come at the expense of good policymaking and our national security.

Today, the people’s House took the next step towards blocking the President from rushing through transfers of GTMO detainees to American soil or other countries. This measure is especially important given the fact that nearly 30% of former Guantanamo Bay prisoners have returned to the battlefield, including two who were released this year.

For the sake of our Nation’s safety, it is absolutely crucial that we oppose the Obama Administration’s short-sighted and unsafe agenda. Simply put, jeopardizing American lives for the sole purpose of securing the President’s legacy is shameful.”

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