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 Ann AyottePoll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Sununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate 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.

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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinF-35 fighter jets may fall behind adversaries, House committee warns Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said she opposed the amendment, which passed on a 54-41 vote, because there are already more than 100 terrorists being securely held in federal prisons today.

“This is what our federal prisons do and they do it well,” Feinstein said before the vote.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees 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 Milton LevinOvernight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden pays tribute to late Sen. Levin: 'Embodied the best of who we are' Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dead at 85 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:

  • 3090, introduced by Lieberman, which continues the funding of firefighter and first-responders' emergency equipment through FEMA.
  • 2942, introduced by McCaskill, which expands whistleblower protections to non-defense contractor and grantee employees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3230, introduced by Boxer, which deals with public diplomacy.

—This post was updated Nov. 30 at 12:51 p.m.