Monday, October 5, 2009

Congress Won't Fund Gitmo Shutdown

One party controls all the levels of government in Washington, yet the administration can't get the party faithful to go along with the scheduled January 2010 closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay:
Lawmakers are using their authority to direct federal spending to prevent the Obama administration from closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
In their race to complete a dozen appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began this week, members of both chambers are including policy language aimed at halting the administration’s decision to transfer prisoners from the Cuban facility to prisons in their districts.
The latest example came on Thursday when the House instructed conferees negotiating with the Senate on a final version of the Homeland Security spending bill to include language prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil. The bill already includes a provision prohibiting the detainees from air travel within or to the United States.