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.
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:
- 3199, introduced by Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinManchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema US gymnasts offer scathing assessment of FBI MORE (D-Ill.), which bans imports and visas of those supporting the rebel group M23 in eastern Congo and Rwanda.
- 3090, introduced by Lieberman, which continues the funding of firefighter and first-responders' emergency equipment through FEMA.
- 3201, introduced by Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Austin, Milley to testify on Afghanistan withdrawal The Pentagon budget is already out of control: Some in Congress want to make it worse MORE (R-Okla.), which expresses the Senate's will to take down the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony in Uganda.
- 2929, introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE (D-Mo.), improves authorities and limitations relating to wartime contracting and other acquisition-related provisions.
- 2942, introduced by McCaskill, which expands whistleblower protections to non-defense contractor and grantee employees.
- 2966, introduced by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchCongress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears The national action imperative to achieve 30 by 30 MORE (R-Utah), which reauthorizes and expands the multi-trades demonstration project.
- 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.
- 2980, introduced by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Trump decries 'defund the police' after Boxer attacked Former Sen. Barbara Boxer attacked in California MORE (D-Calif.), which requires an inspector general of the Department of Defense report on allowable costs of compensation of employees of Department of Defense contractors.
- 2994, introduced by Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees Abortion rights groups want Biden to use bully pulpit after Texas law Overnight Health Care: Democrats plot response to Texas abortion law MORE (D-Pa.), which requires a report on a program on the return of rare-earth phosphors from Department of Defense fluorescent lighting waste to the domestic rare earth supply chain.
- 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.
- 3086, introduced by Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.), which requires assessments by the Air Force of the effects of proposed movements of airframes on joint readiness training.
- 3186, introduced by Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnBiden and AOC's reckless spending plans are a threat to the planet NSF funding choice: Move forward or fall behind DHS establishes domestic terror unit within its intelligence office MORE (R-Okla.), which requires a study on small and ammunition acquisition.
- 3098, introduced by Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken We have a plan that prioritizes Afghanistan's women — we're just not using it Scott Brown's wife files to run for Congress MORE (D-N.H.), which requires a report by the suspension and debarment officials of the military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency.
- 3230, introduced by Boxer, which deals with public diplomacy.
—This post was updated Nov. 30 at 12:51 p.m.