Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Colo.) on Tuesday quickly voiced concerns over President Obama's plan to close the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, saying he remains opposed to moving detainees into Colorado.
“I’ve repeatedly said I do not support the transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military facility to Colorado. I’ve voted to close the prison, but I believe military detainees should be held in military prisons," Bennet said in a statement. "This plan has done nothing to change my mind. These detainees should not be transferred to Colorado."
Bennet's comments come as the Pentagon is turning over a long-awaited plan to close the facility to Congress. While the plan doesn't specifically name which U.S. facility detainees should be moved to, it does propose roughly a dozen locations.
Republicans, however, have given no signal they want to work with the president to close the facility. Instead, they argue that Obama is putting an unfulfilled campaign pledge above national security.
Republicans have tried for months to link Bennet to Obama's foreign policy — including the push to close the Cuban facility — as they look for an edge ahead of the November election.
Last month, Jon Keyser, who is running for the Republican nomination in Colorado, said that Bennet wants to move "the worst-of-the-worst" into the United States.
Bennet, however, suggested Tuesday that while he supports closing the facility, he's also supported an annual defense policy bill that bans the president from moving detainees into the United States.
The Pentagon previously sent teams to Colorado to examine potential alternative locations to house Guantánamo Bay detainees.