Senate Defeats Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill Restricting Transfer of GTMO Detainees

Yesterday the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would have restricted the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees by a 43-55 vote. The amendment, from Republicans Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) would have made it nearly impossible to transfer detainees from the facility to the U.S. or other foreign countries, making it certain that the detention center (originally intended to be temporary) will not be closing in the near future, despite President Obama’s repeated promises to the contrary.

Only time will tell whether the House adds an identical (or potentially worse) amendment when they get the opportunity to address the Defense Authorization Bill, but for now, the amendment essentially blocking the shutdown of GTMO has been defeated.

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About KellyAnnTaddonio

Kelly Ann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Policy & Research and an alumna of Seton Hall University School of Law. She holds a degree in Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she was an Athena Scholar in the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. In addition to serving as the Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Policy & Research and as a member of the editorial staff of, Kelly Ann works as an attorney in NYC.

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