Democrats drop funds to close Guantanamo Bay facility from war funding bill

Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are refusing to pay for President Barack Obama’s plan to relocate prisoners from the Guantanamo detention facility where enemy combatants are being held.

Obama has signed an executive order to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by early next year. But the Pentagon has yet to come up with a plan on where to put the 240 or so prisoners. Between 50-100 are likely to be sent to the United States.

No lawmaker wants the accused terrorists in their backyard.

House Democrats unveiled a $94.4 billion war funding bill Monday and it had no money for the relocation plan.

The step is not likely to be the last word, however. If needed, money could be transferred later — without a politically difficult vote.

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