Voting Block

Boehner: We Can Stop Gitmo Transfer

House Minority Leader John Boehner expressed confidence Thursday that he and his party could block the administration's proposed transfer of prisoners—as part of a plan to shut down Guantanamo—from the unpopular Cuban detention center to a prison outside of Chicago. Explaining there were at least two pieces of legislation that would need to pass through Congress for the transfer to be approved, Boehner said "I wouldn't want to be on when those two pieces of legislation will pass, if ever." The Obama administration reiterated its support for the move, calling Guantanamo Bay a "deadly recruiting tool for al Qaeda" and saying it would close the detention center as promised.