House Democrats deny funding to close Gitmo

In yet another example of President Obama’s own party taking issue with his policies, congressional Democrats denied funding a request to close Guantanamo Bay as required by Obama’s executive order.

The Washington Times reports:

House Democratic leaders Monday dropped President Obama’s request for $81 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, bowing to strong Republican criticism that the administration lacks a plan to relocate terror suspects detained there.

Mr. Obama requested the money as part a spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Democratic appropriators left it out of the bill circulated Monday among House Appropriations Committee staffers.

Republicans have been criticizing Mr. Obama for rushing to keep his campaign promise to close the prison camp at the U.S. Navy base on Cuba without a plan for what to do with the roughly 240 terrorism suspects currently held on the island.

Closing the prison “just never stood up to logic. There is no place on the planet to take the worst of the worst that would treat them as well as they are treated at [Guantanamo],” said Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, who visited the facility a month ago.

“The bottom line really is that [if the prisoners are released], innocent people will die and some of them likely will be Americans,” he said.

Democratic leaders were not immediately available to comment.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, previously dismissed the Republicans’ objections as another example of partisan obstructionism by the minority.

“It would be highly irresponsible for Republicans to attempt to hold up funding as part of their just-say-no strategy,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said.

So Harry Reid bashed Republicans on holding up spending to close Gitmo yet members of his own Democrat Party in the House are doing exactly that.

Tell me Senator Reid, are they using partisan obstructionism as well?

Lawmakers in both parties oppose bringing the prisoners to their states. Speculation about shipping the terror suspects to prisons in states including Florida, Montana and Virginia has met stiff resistance. A number of foreign countries also do not want to take the prisoners, either.

The White House has not announced where it intends to move the detainees.

The lawmakers have to answer to the voters in 2010, President Obama does not. Therefore, they aren’t too eager to be known as the congressman or senator who brought Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to town.

  • JD

    I just want to say thanks to PATH for joining the group. it has been nice to step away from here and not have to worry about unchecked conservative rants when I return. I have enjoyed your responses and they are dead on.

    I was beginning to think I was the only sane one on here but I see there are friends out there. 🙂

    I love you too, Nate, Babs, CG, Chris.

  • Path

    Because holding people indefinitely without any kind of trial is such a good thing

  • D.D.Mao

    FROM THE LMAO FILE……….In an unrelated story Democrats placed Arlen Spector in the second most JUNIOR position on 5 committees.This takes away any advatage he can run on in 2010 as having 30 years seniority.They said they will reconsider his seniority AFTER THE 2010 ELECTION.


  • “Because holding people indefinitely without any kind of trial is such a good thing”

    I’m not saying it is, but what is your detailed alternative plan? Also, what is Obama’s?

    Oh right, he doesn’t have one. Just the lofty goal of closing Gitmo to satisfy his liberal base.

  • D.D.Mao

    JD….I’ll take not being loved by you as a compliment

  • DDMao,


  • bones

    The order to close Guantanamo without a plan was a necessary move, a display that the United States was leaving it’s most heinous practices behind.

    Guantanamo bay is located outside America specifically so that our government can circumvent American law. I don’t see how Bush could have mocked the principals of his own country any more openly. He’s left an awful mess to clean up, I’m sure there’s a long rocky road ahead to do it.

  • D.D.Mao

    JD………Path has been a member of this group for quite a while before we even heard the name Path.

  • Path

    “I’m not saying it is, but what is your detailed alternative plan? Also, what is Obama’s?”

    I’m not sure exactly. Both parties campaigned on it so it was going to happen no matter what. It is a bad stain on american ideals.

    You don’t think our super max prision system can hold a few rock farmers?

    We will have to have some sort of trial system. Some will have to be let go because we won’t be able to prove anything. And if a percentage goes back to join the Talaban or whatever than thats the price of living in a free country with fair laws.

    Mao, This is the only profile of used i’v only been here a week.

    JD its nice having some support too. This takes a lot of time

  • JD

    I love you too DD and Bones.

  • Ann Omdahl

    Does this mean that none of the jails are secure in the U. S.? We have some really mean inmates now.

  • Booth

    Don’t believe the issue is with closing Gitmo, but it does help to have a plan. I believe we have been able to extract good information from some of these people or believe me we would have been hit again. Let those go that we can’t find evidence against. Send them home not to the US or to our already over crowded prisons. They are costing you and me the tax payer more money. Maybe we should reopen Alcatraz and put the others there. It was good enough for American prisoners.

  • Bill Hedges

    There is nothing wrong with where they are now.

    Did you know there are many staff injuries at Gitmo. This with staff superior to American facilities in my opinion.

    Terriorist attacks have been going on a long time, decades. Obamma changing names and closing Gitmo won’t change a thing.

    America has in past released terrorist to other Countries. If Obama could pay enough to get other Countries to take them, he would annouce it.

    Did you know there was a plan to pay terrorist when released in American. Anyhow, that is what I read somewhere

    Speaker of house would never allow Alcatraz to be used.