Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithDem congresswoman: Imprisoned asylum-seeking women have no idea where their children are Overnight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances House easily passes 7B defense authorization bill MORE (D-Wash.) on Wednesday urged for adoption of his amendment to the defense authorization that would create a framework to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by 2016.

The House will vote on Smith's amendment Thursday morning.

ADVERTISEMENT
"This is the amendment that will enable us to eventually lose the Guantanamo Bay prison," Smith said.

Smith said that the prison is "simply an international eyesore that we keep open for no reason." He argued that the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay could be transferred to prisons in the U.S.

"There is no need for Guantanamo," Smith said. "We have the ability to safely hold these people in the United States of America."

But Republicans said that international terrorists should be held in a prison outside the U.S.

"Guantanamo Bay is safe and the most appropriate location for detainees to be held," said Rep. Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupScalise to publish memoir 'Back in the Game' Scalise returns to GOP baseball practice a year after shooting Overnight Finance: House panel to take up bill toughening review of foreign deals | Trump acknowledges Cohen payment on disclosure form | Officials set for new round of China trade talks MORE (R-Ohio). 

"Members of Congress routinely visit Guantanamo Bay and they've seen the humane conditions in which dangerous detainees are held," Wenstrup said.

The White House issued a statement in support of Smith's amendment. President Obama originally vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison when he first took office in 2009, but has so far been unable to do so.

"This needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions and enables the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay," White House press secretary Jay Carney said. "By eliminating unwarranted and burdensome restrictions relating to the transfer of Guantanamo detainees, his amendment would further our efforts to move past this chapter in U.S. history."