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    Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    Senate Democrats threw cold water on President Obama's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center Tuesday, pulling money for the closure from a $91 billion war spending request and publicly opposing the transfer of any detainees to U.S. soil.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats not only oppose the release of detainees into the United States but also oppose the transfer of detainees to U.S. prisons.

    "We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States," he said, adding: "Part of what we don't want is for them to be put in prisons in the United States. We don't want them around in the United States."

    On top of that, Senate Democrats decided to pull $80 million from the war spending request -- money Obama had requested to close the detention facility by Jan. 22, 2010.

    Reid spokesman Jim Manley later walked back part of Reid's statement.

    "He's not going to do anything until we get a plan from the president." Manley said. He said "the leader is leaving the door open to detainees being transferred to American prisons, should the administration put forward a plan to do so."

    Reid's comments nevertheless revealed how uneasy Democrats are with the yet-to-be released details for a closure plan. When asked about the change in tone, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide said, "Members of the caucus were sick of getting walloped by Republicans over this phony, made-up issue."

    Democrats, according to the aide, "had been looking for signals from the White House to provide some cover on the issue, and it didn't come."

    Senate Democratic leaders made the decision last night, according to Manley, to strike the $80 million from the war spending bill after a discussion with the White House.

    "They did not object," Manley said of White House officials.

    Democratic leaders informed the White House that they would withhold funds for closing Guantanamo until the administration presents a detailed plan for its closure.

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he will present an amendment this week that will "prohibit all funds in the supplemental and all future funds" for the closure of Gitmo until the White House presents the plan.

    The current bill Inouye crafted in his committee gives the Department of Justice $30 million for its part, including funds for investigating Bush-era interrogation policy, and fences off the remaining $50 million for the Pentagon pending a plan.

    The House withholds all funding in its version of the supplemental bill.
    Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure Funding, Oppose Transfer of Detainees to U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

    Funny stuff.

    I especially like how Reid uses the same language he and the left bashed everyday.

    Unbelievably stupid to close GITMO as it is but to harp about it for YEARS and then have NO PLAN is utterly stupid. GJ Obama.

    Good chance that GITMO will now not be closed anytime soon.
    I expect nothing from the left... from moderate to far... other then excuses.

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    Re: Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    I will certainly call the Dems, and Mr. Reid in particular, gutless weasels for their actions. Gitmo should have never have existed in the first place, and refusing to close it even with unlimited political power shows just how spineless the democrats really are. Criticism should be based on the actions a politician takes, not the letter next to their name.

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    Re: Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure Funding, Oppose Transfer of Detainees to U.S. - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

    Funny stuff.

    I especially like how Reid uses the same language he and the left bashed everyday.

    Unbelievably stupid to close GITMO as it is but to harp about it for YEARS and then have NO PLAN is utterly stupid. GJ Obama.

    Good chance that GITMO will now not be closed anytime soon.
    I expect nothing from the left... from moderate to far... other then excuses.
    Which is greater here? The hypocrisy, the comedy, or the general lack of planning skills.
    Thank you

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    Re: Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    I will certainly call the Dems, and Mr. Reid in particular, gutless weasels for their actions. Gitmo should have never have existed in the first place, and refusing to close it even with unlimited political power shows just how spineless the democrats really are. Criticism should be based on the actions a politician takes, not the letter next to their name.
    Seems like a nice political maneuver. Now he can be the guy that stopped the president from moving terrorists to US soil. What a setup. It feels like congress is really taking advantage of the presidents lack of experience and naivety. You would hope they would help out a fella. They patiently waited until his do no wrong honeymoon was starting to slow down then POW! Right in the dong.
    Last edited by akyron; 05-19-09 at 09:36 PM.
    Thank you

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    Re: Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    The Democrats have shown nothing but hypocrisy from the beginning when it comes to the War on Terror(ism) and War in Iraq.
    Let's figure it out.

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    Re: Senate Dems Pull $80 Million in Gitmo Closure

    Perhaps the dems in office know these are not innocent barbers,sheep headers and shop keepers as leftist pussyfist scum try to portray these inmates as and they do not wish for these inmates to be stuck in their states. I do not think our troops and CIA were bored out of their minds and decided to go arrest an harass innocent Iraqis,Afghans and other people. I think the CIA and the military take their jobs serious contrary to what pussyfist scum try to portray.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

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