The Senate late Thursday night approved a Republican amendment that would prohibit the transfer of terrorist detainees from Guantánamo Bay to U.S. prisons.
Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteFEC commissioner to Trump: Prove voter fraud Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Lewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire MORE (R-N.H.) introduced Amendment 3245, which would prevent the Department of Defense from using funds to move suspected terrorists from Gitmo facilities to prisons within the United States.
Ayotte said Thursday that she feared that those presumed terrorists would seek legal rights in U.S. courts. She added that the Gitmo facility is far more secure because it’s protected by the military.
“This is what our federal prisons do and they do it well,” Feinstein said before the vote.
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP torn over what to do next Nunes endures another rough day Senate backs Montenegro's NATO membership MORE (R-S.C.) questioned why Feinstein and others opposing the amendment would want to bring suspected terrorists to the United States during a time of war.
“We don’t want these crazy bastards brought here to the United States,” Graham said. “They want to steal your way of life, not steal your car.
“Have you lost your mind?”
Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Ted Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it MORE (D-Mich.) called the amendment “veto bait” because President Obama said he’d veto the defense bill if it included this provision. One of Obama’s campaign promises in 2008 was to close down the Gitmo facility, which requires moving those being detained.
Democratic Sens. Jim Webb (Va.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) voted with Republicans for the amendment.
The Senate is scheduled to continue amendment work on the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, Thursday night, with hopes of finishing work by the end of the week. The defense bill funds U.S. military operation.
The following amendments were passed by unanimous consent or voice-vote:
- 3199, introduced by Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinNo. 2 Senate Democrat opposes Trump's Supreme Court pick The Hill’s Whip List: 30 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings MORE (D-Ill.), which bans imports and visas of those supporting the rebel group M23 in eastern Congo and Rwanda.
- 3090, introduced by Lieberman, which continues the funding of firefighter and first-responders' emergency equipment through FEMA.
- 3201, introduced by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate GOP senator: EPA 'brainwashing our kids' A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Okla.), which expresses the Senate's will to take down the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony in Uganda.
- 2929, introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillTop Dem: Trump's wall could cost B NRA launches M Supreme Court ad McCaskill investigating opioid producers MORE (D-Mo.), improves authorities and limitations relating to wartime contracting and other acquisition-related provisions.
- 2942, introduced by McCaskill, which expands whistleblower protections to non-defense contractor and grantee employees.
- 2966, introduced by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchCan Trump rebound after failure on healthcare bill? Overnight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer MORE (R-Utah), which reauthorizes and expands the multi-trades demonstration project.
- 2973, introduced by Inhofe, which expresses the sense of the Senate on training of mental health counselors for members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
- 2980, introduced by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (D-Calif.), which requires an inspector general of the Department of Defense report on allowable costs of compensation of employees of Department of Defense contractors.
- 2994, introduced by Sen. Bob CaseyBob CaseyPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Senators call for pay equity for US women's hockey team Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (D-Pa.), which requires a report on a program on the return of rare-earth phosphors from Department of Defense fluorescent lighting waste to the domestic rare earth supply chain.
- 3059, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), which requires a report on the establishment of a joint Armed Forces historical storage and preservation facility.
- 3072, introduced by Inhofe, which expresses the sense Senate on increasing the cost-effectiveness of training exercise for members of the Armed Forces.
- 3086, introduced by Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFormer GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World Mercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others MORE (R-La.), which requires assessments by the Air Force of the effects of proposed movements of airframes on joint readiness training.
- 3186, introduced by Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnDon't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC Coburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways MORE (R-Okla.), which requires a study on small and ammunition acquisition.
- 3098, introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Finance: WH wants to slash billions | Border wall funding likely on hold | Wells Fargo to pay 0M over unauthorized accounts | Dems debate revamping consumer board Path to 60 narrows for Trump pick Overnight Finance: Trump stock slump | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | Dem wants ethics probe into Treasury secretary MORE (D-N.H.), which requires a report by the suspension and debarment officials of the military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency.
- 3230, introduced by Boxer, which deals with public diplomacy.
—This post was updated Nov. 30 at 12:51 p.m.