Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsA guide to the committees: Senate Angst in GOP over Trump's trade agenda CNN's Acosta: 'The fix is in' on who gets to ask Trump questions 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 ScottTim ScottGOP rep: No ‘artificial crowd’ at my town hall A guide to the committees: Senate Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls MORE (R-S.C.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerSchumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems 'not going to work' A guide to the committees: Senate Cheney to intro Pence at Jewish GOP event MORE (R-Colo.), Jerry MoranJerry MoranA guide to the committees: Senate Verizon, Yahoo slash merger deal by 0M over data breaches Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (R-Kan.), and Roy BluntRoy BluntA guide to the committees: Senate Judiciary Committee wants briefing, documents on Flynn resignation Intel Dem: House GOP now open to investigating Flynn MORE (R-Mo.), would allow senators to go on record as opposing the plan.
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.”