By Kristina Wong - 03/08/16 11:00 AM EST
Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsHirshberg to Podesta: We don't really know anything about GMOs Mosul campaign Trump called 'total disaster' making gains, officials say GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election 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 senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election More Senate Republicans pressure Treasury over debt-equity rules Trump's implosion might be blessing in disguise for GOP MORE (R-S.C.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Administration vows 'proportional' response to Russian hack Trump denies Russia behind attack, despite fed investigation saying otherwise MORE (R-Colo.), Jerry MoranJerry MoranChasing away scalpers only hurts consumers GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform MORE (R-Kan.), and Roy BluntRoy BluntWarren’s power on the rise GOP gets chance to run on ObamaCare Republicans make M investment in Senate races 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.”