Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteJuan Williams: McConnell won big by blocking Obama Battle brews over Trump’s foreign policy Battle for the Senate: Top of ticket dominates MORE (R-N.H.) introduced a measure that would prohibit the transfer of “dangerous” Guantanamo Bay detainees as an amendment to the “minibus” spending bill being considered in the Senate.
“This amendment is focused on making sure that the terrorists held at Guantanamo … are not put in a position where they can get back in the fight,” Ayotte said on the Senate floor Thursday. “It’s just a matter of common sense.”
The administration is already suppose to give lawmakers a 30-day notice before the transfers or releases of detainees, but it failed to do so in the "Taliban Five" case.
Her amendment would prevent the administration from transferring or releasing detainee deemed as too “dangerous.” She said it would also end detainee transfers to countries that who haven’t “honored their commitment” in the past.
On Thursday, the Senate officially began considering H.R. 4660, a legislative vehicle for the $120 billion “minibus” spending bill that funds the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. But progress has stalled because leaders haven’t reach an agreement on how to handle amendments.