House Dem moves to end Gitmo transfer ban

House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithWhen 'Buy American' and common sense collide Overnight Defense: Marine Corps brushes off criticism of Marines' appearance in GOP convention video | US troops injured in collision with Russian vehicle in Syria | Dems ask for probe of Vindman retaliation allegations Democrats press Pentagon watchdog to probe allegations of retaliation against Vindman brothers MORE (D-Wash.) on Tuesday said he will propose an amendment to the 2015 defense spending bill to lift the ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil.


“The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is an international eyesore that undermines our national security objectives, damages our credibility with regard to human rights and international law, and wastes taxpayer dollars,” said Smith in a statement.

“As the cost for the facility continues to increase, so too does the need to close it. But, we cannot effectively close this facility until the congressionally mandated restrictions are removed," he added.

President Obama has vowed to close the facility, which houses suspected terrorists and enemy combatants, but has efforts have been blocked by lawmakers.

Previous defense bills have barred the transfer of detainees to the United States and placed restrictions on moving them to other foreign countries.

The 2015 defense authorization bill, released on Monday, also blocks spending on the transfer of detainees to the U.S. and on constructing or modifying facilities on American soil that could house them.

Smith's amendment would seek to remove those measures from the bill.