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Obama gives Congress Guantanamo closure plan

Obama gives Congress Guantanamo closure plan

CNN

President Barack Obama's long-awaited plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility was delivered to Congress Tuesday morning, seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants.

The plan, which officials said Tuesday morning would identify 13 potential sites inside the United States to which detainees could be transferred, isn't expected to gain any traction among Republican lawmakers, who control both chambers of Congress.

U.S. officials said funding restrictions prevented Pentagon planners from determining precise details for converting U.S. facilities into detention centers for accused terrorists. Since current law prevents using funds to close the prison, they weren't able to conduct as thorough a cost calculation as they otherwise might have.

Obama was set to deliver brief remarks about the plan from the White House later Tuesday morning.

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