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Senate approves war funds but not Gitmo closure

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May 22, 2009

The Senate late Thursday approved a 91.3-billion-dollar 2009 budget supplemental to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through October 1, but without funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

The senators approved the measure in a voice vote that passed 83 against three, after days of debate over the fate of the 240 prisoners being held at the "war on terror" prison camp at the US naval base in Cuba, which President Barack Obama has pledged to close.

Senate Democrats on Wednesday joined Republicans in a lopsided 90-6 vote to forbid transferring to US soil any of the 240 detainees held at Guantanamo.

In a major speech on Thursday, Obama defended his decision to close the prison, describing it as a "mess" that had stained the reputation of the United States.

Obama also said he may seek to transfer some of the most dangerous Guantanamo detainees to US "super-max" top security jails — a step highly unpopular with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a similar bill, a 96.7-billion-dollar measure to pay for the wars as well as aid for ally Pakistan, on May 14.

The two chambers now need to reconcile their rival versions to send a final bill to Obama to be signed into law.

2 Responses to Senate approves war funds but not Gitmo closure

  1. barak

    May 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Our Senators will spend 91.3 Billion Dollars to keep wars going, but not a couple of hundred million to close a torture prison. Now isn’t that a lovely image to show to the world?

    I live abroad and cannot justify, no less condone, such obscene behavior to my friends in Asia and Europe and Australia. This is another prime reason we need term limits for these out-of-control legislators. Once in, they are nearly impossible to dislodge for all the wrong reasons. There should be limitations on how long any elected official can remain in office, and then perhaps the idea of spending many many many millions of dollars to get elected will become less attractive. I find the idea of an 80 year old cancer survivor running for office, or changing his party in order to try to get reelected totally repulsive.

    Now–how do we get these fat cats to initiate and pass such legislation?

  2. woody188

    May 24, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Have Dick Cheney tell them to do it or the terrorists will attack again.

    Mail them anthrax like how the Patriot Act was passed.

    Waterboard them 183 times in a month and then sodomize them in front of their mothers like Bush and Cheney ordered.

    Just tossing out some ideas here.