The Senate Armed Services Committee has unveiled a version of the annual military spending bill which provides a pathway for the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
The bill includes certain restrictions on transfers of detainees, but mandates the Defense Department to detail a case-by-case plan of disposition for all remaining detainees.
Senate officials say the agreement was a bipartisan compromise on the matter, though some, including Sen. James Inhofe (R – OK) said they were “deeply disappointed” with any deal to close the site.
Even if it passes the Senate, it will set the stage for a major fight with the House of Representatives, whose version of the funding bill not only does not contain provisions on closing Gitmo, but includes several new restrictions above and beyond those already in place.
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