By Kristina Wong - 05/06/14 11:22 AM EDT
House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) on Tuesday said he will propose an amendment to the 2015 defense spending bill to lift the ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil.
“As the cost for the facility continues to increase, so too does the need to close it. But, we cannot effectively close this facility until the congressionally mandated restrictions are removed," he added.
President Obama has vowed to close the facility, which houses suspected terrorists and enemy combatants, but has efforts have been blocked by lawmakers.
Previous defense bills have barred the transfer of detainees to the United States and placed restrictions on moving them to other foreign countries.
The 2015 defense authorization bill, released on Monday, also blocks spending on the transfer of detainees to the U.S. and on constructing or modifying facilities on American soil that could house them.
Smith's amendment would seek to remove those measures from the bill.