Congress

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Block Closure of Gitmo

There's a headline we've all read at least once every single year since President Obama was sworn into office.

President Obama vetoed the first iteration of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but the Senate approved a new version today with a solid, veto-proof majority.

The Senate's 91-3 vote gave final legislative approval to the measure. The House overwhelmingly passed it last week, 370-58. [...]

The overwhelming House and Senate votes signal that should he veto the legislation, both chambers would be able to muster the two-thirds majorities needed to override it, an embarrassing blow presidents usually try to avoid. [...]

Congress has repeatedly thwarted Obama's effort to fulfill a 2008 campaign promise and close the military prison.

Indeed, the president signed an order to close the prison immediately after taking office, but Congress has voted every single year to thwart efforts to close the prison.

As was the case during the early years of the Obama administration, various members of Congress continue to press the panic button and fret over the idea of transferring detainees to maximum security prisons inside the United States.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the bill will prevent the president from "moving Guantanamo terrorists into the backyards of the American people," as if the president would unleash them on your wholesome weekend BBQ if he had his way.

There have been reports that the administration will unilaterally close the prison in the near future, but I expect any effort to do so will be challenged in court by Republicans.

  • Christopher Foxx

    but I expect any effort to do so will be challenged in court by Republicans.

    No doubt. But, then, Republicans want to take Obama to nearly everything he does. I’m surprised he hasn’t been sued for signing things with his left hand.

    • muselet

      Don’t give them ideas.

      –alopecia

      • Christopher Foxx

        Ha. Like they’d know what to do with them.

  • muselet

    Whatever utility the Guantanamo Bay prison camp may ever have had ended long ago, and it should have been closed long ago. Anyone saying otherwise is either a liar or too dumb to be trusted with the lunch order, let alone a role in governing a nation.

    –alopecia

  • LTanya Spearman

    Everyone (and I mean everyone) who complain about Pres. Obama “NOT KEEPING HIS PROMISE CLOSING GITMO” need to confront his/her senator/rep. and ask, why they refuse to close GITMO?
    When people was screaming the president lied about closing GITMO or when the media was taunting the president with nonsensical questions about GITMO while every senator and representative hid in the shadows? Why didn’t these democrats come out and state why they want to keep GITMO open?

    • Christopher Foxx

      Everyone (and I mean everyone) who complain about Pres. Obama “NOT KEEPING HIS PROMISE CLOSING GITMO” need to confront his/her senator/rep. and ask, why they refuse to close GITMO?

      Nobody (and I mean nobody) would do that. Because “He didn’t keep his Gitmo promise” is a major wingnut talking point and the folks promoting it will never acknowledge that it’s really the wingnuts in Congress who are keeping it open.