House votes to halt Gitmo detainee transfers

2016-09-15 18:27


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Washington - The House has passed legislation that would temporarily halt the transfer of more detainees from America's Guantanamo Bay prison.

The bill would bar the federal government from spending money on any Guantanamo prisoner transfers. The ban would last until the end of the calendar year, or until a bill authorizing defence funding is signed into law. It was passed on Thursday on a 244-174 vote.

The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the legislation, arguing Guantanamo weakens national security by draining resources and emboldening violent extremists. About 60 prisoners are being held there, down from hundreds. The administration says transfers occur only after a rigorous review.

Supporters of the bill say the transfers could allow some detainees to eventually return to terrorism.

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