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Thursday, June 18, 2009

HOUSE: No federal money for GITMO closing!

USA TODAY - June 18, 2009
House rejects measure on Guantanamo closing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to deny the use of any federal money for the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay next year and to impose restrictions on the transfer of detainees to the United States.
But House members, in a narrow vote Thursday, defeated a Republican amendment to a 2010 spending bill that would have imposed a more blanket prohibition on the use of any funds related to closing the facility.
The Obama administration had requested $60 million for Justice Department activities in the 2010 budget year related to closing down Guantanamo.
The House already passed a $100 billion war-spending bill this week that bars the use of funds to shut down Guantanamo this year.
Obama announced in January his intention to close the detention center.

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