Congressional Panel Moves To Halt Guantanamo Transfers

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June 10, 2014 AT 3:14 PM
A congressional committee voted on Tuesday to bar the use of federal funds to transfer detainees from the Guantanamo prison, as lawmakers fumed about the White House's failure to tell them in advance about the swap of Taliban prisoners from the base in Cuba for an American soldier held in Afghanistan. The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted 33-13 to include the Guantanamo amendment in the $570 billion annual defense appropriations bill. The Guantanamo detention camp, much criticized by human rights groups and others, has been back in the spotlight since May 31, when Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released after being held for five years by the Taliban.