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GOP introduces resolution rejecting Obama's Gitmo plan

GOP introduces resolution rejecting Obama's Gitmo plan
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Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsOvernight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Senators working on fix to agriculture provision in GOP tax law Trump budget would slash crop insurance funds for farmers MORE (R-Kan.) introduced a resolution on Tuesday rejecting the Obama administration's plan to close the Guantánamo Bay prison and transfer up to 60 detainees to the United States.

The resolution, co-sponsored by Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAfter Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward GOP senator: FBI failure in Florida shooting 'a separate issue' from Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (R-S.C.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe siren of Baton Rouge Senate confirms John Demers to head DOJ national security division Senate rejects bipartisan measure as immigration votes begin MORE (R-Colo.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Kan.), and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRussian assault on 'American idea' enables Trump to take tough action Eleven lawmakers have used campaign funds to pay NRA dues: report Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers MORE (R-Mo.), would allow senators to go on record as opposing the plan. 

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The administration last month submitted its long-promised proposal for closing the detention facility, including bringing 30 to 60 detainees to a secure facility in the U.S. 

The law now prohibits any detainees from being moved to the U.S., but some Republicans fear President Obama will try to do so anyway via executive action.

A Pentagon team conducted several visits last year to scout potential prison sites for the detainees in Kansas, South Carolina and Colorado — including the barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. 

“The President has failed to find a suitable site in a U.S. community to relocate terrorists held at Guantanamo because there is no suitable site on our shores,” Roberts said in a statement. 

“Despite this failure and law prohibiting it, the president has said he will still transfer detainees by executive order," Roberts said.

"This resolution puts the Senate on record, again demonstrating to the president our clear opposition to this security risk. Perhaps something will deter him from an agenda in which the wishes and the security of the American people are last on the list.”