House Passes Veto Proof Legislation With Language Preventing GITMO Prisoners From Being Brought to U.S.
When President Obama ran for the White House in 2008, he promised to close Guantanamo Bay prison. Since becoming President, he's faced extensive push-back from Republicans and Democrats on the issue and has gone around Congress to empty the prison by releasing enemy combatants. The most famous case was of course Obama's decision to trade five top Taliban commanders for alleged Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl in 2014.
Despite criticism, the White House is still dedicated to shutting the prison down. Just this week former UN Ambassador and current Obama national security advisor Susan Rice claimed the administration would "die trying" to close it and plans to bring remaining detainees to prisons in the United States.
As a result, the House passed legislation late Thursday with majority votes preventing the administration from bringing detainees to the backyards of Americans. President Obama can veto the legislation, but the legislation has enough support to override a veto, which would be an embarrassment to the White House.