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Senate: Gitmo Plan to Move Detainees to US Now Illegal With New Bill

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Hooded protestors holding placards take part in a demonstration against the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on January 11, 2015 outside of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 08:33 AM

The Senate sent President Barack Obama a $607 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday that is likely to foil his longstanding campaign promise to close Gitmo.

The bill, passed 91-3 in the Senate and 370-58 in the House, will be signed into law by the president, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, The Associated Press reported. He vetoed a previous version of the bill that did not include the current bill's $5 billion in cuts.

"I would expect that you would see the president sign the NDAA when it comes to his desk," said Earnest, according to Reuters. "That certainly does not reflect a change in our position, or the intensity of our position, about the need to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay." 

In signing the bill, Obama will approve a new law making it illegal to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to prisons on U.S. soil. There are currently 112 detainees remaining at the facility.

Republican senators from Colorado, Kansas, and South Carolina were especially supportive of the ban after a Pentagon team assessed prisons in their states as possible sites for the Gitmo detainees.

Obama and the Pentagon are expected to submit a plan to close Guantanamo Bay this week.

If Obama tries to close the facility and move detainees to U.S. soil via executive action, he will be doing so in clear violation of the law, said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire.

"This is not something the American people want to see happen with Guantanamo, and so the president needs to follow the law and the law is very clear on this," she said.

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