Rep. Walorski comments on H.R. 5351
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) on Wednesday released the following statement after her bill to temporarily block all Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 244 to 174: “After the latest report that two more former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the fight, it is more critical than ever that we put the safety and security of the American people first. The administration has made clear it intends to transfer as many terrorist detainees as possible from Gitmo before the president leaves office in order to fulfill a misguided campaign promise. This is reckless, and it puts American lives at risk. Today a bipartisan majority put our national security ahead of politics, voting to pass my bill to pause Gitmo detainee transfers until new safeguards are in place or the president’s term ends.” H.R. 5351, which suspends detainee transfers until the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 is signed into law or until the president’s term in office ends.
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