Some Legislators Still Trying to Close Guantanamo Bay

Efforts to shut down the facility have failed to gain adequate support.

Last month, majority members of the House advanced legislation with the intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The bill will arrive in the Senate in the coming weeks, where that chamber’s majority is expected to have difficulty gaining the votes necessary to pass the legislation. Legislation seeking to shutter Guantanamo Bay has been proposed repeatedly since George W. Bush’s administration, but it has not succeeded. Regardless, certain legislators continue to work towards a successful vote.

“I’m gonna work hard in conference committee,” said Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota, chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense. “It’s not a good use of taxpayers’ money, and if we need more money for defense, it should go to things that are going to make a difference in our national security.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for federal legislators as they determine the priorities for national security and defense funding.
  • That Pentagon officials would seek God’s direction as they provide recommendations to the president.
  • For U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed at military detention centers.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters


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