The Senate passed a ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil, and that is getting in the way of President Obama’s pledge to close the facility.
Advocacy groups are calling on the White House to veto the defense bill over the ban to show that the administration is serious about closing the prison.
They warn that the White House has failed to show it will make an effort to close the prison in the president’s second term, adding that it augurs poorly for their chances in the next four years if the administration backs down over the latest fight.
Congress has stifled one of Obama’s first pledges as president by restricting the use of funds to transfer Guantánamo detainees to the United States for one year at a time.
Senator Lindsey Graham says that even if the president vetoes the defense bill, the Senate will override his veto.