Just a day after the results of a study commissioned by Senator Diane Feinstein came out showing which federal U.S. prisons could “viably” house Guantanamo prisoners, the Senate voted Thursday night to prohibit any such transfer of detainees to U.S. soil.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte introduced the amendment that extended the ban on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo as part of the annual defense authorization bill currently being considered by the Senate. The amendment had enough Democrat votes to pass 54-41.
Feinstein told Fox News, “The GAO report makes clear that numerous prisons exist inside the United States — operated by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice—capable of holding the 166 detainees who remain at Guantanamo in an environment that meets the security requirements.”
However, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on the Senate floor Thursday:
We don’t want these crazy bastards brought here to the United States. They want to steal your way of life, not steal your car.”
Fox News reported that the Obama administration has threatened to veto the bill.
Read the Fox News article here.
Watch Sen. Lindsey Graham’s remarks on the Senate floor: