WASHINGTON - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon made the following statement regarding President Obama's claim that he is prevented by the U.S. Congress from closing the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"The President faces bipartisan opposition to closing Guantanamo Bay's detention center because he has offered no alternative plan regarding the detainees there, nor a plan for future terrorist captures.
"For years, Congress has encouraged the President to develop a comprehensive detention policy. In the Administration's failure to do so, they have removed lawful options from our counterterrorism arsenal.
"Congress has not been idle on detention issues. For the past two years, our Committee has worked with our Senate counterparts to ensure that the certifications necessary to transfer detainees overseas are reasonable. The Administration has never certified a single transfer. Contrary to what President Obama has implied, there are no restrictions on releasing detainees who have won their habeas cases in federal court."