Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Fights to Protect Americans by Keeping GTMO Open

September 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today fought to protect Americans by voting to prevent President Obama from shutting down the military prison at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Olson voted for H.R. 5351, a bill to bar the president from continuing to transfer detainees captured since the 9/11 attacks to other countries.

“The continued transfer of detainees to other nations where they can be released and returned to the battlefield endangers America and our allies,” said Rep. Olson. “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence affirms that a high number of former Guantanamo prisoners are confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorism. Congress continues to pass laws prohibiting the president from transferring or releasing detainees to no avail. We will continue our effort to keep America safe. I urge the Senate to act quickly with a veto proof majority.”

Olson is a cosponsor of H.R. 5351, which was passed by the House by a vote of 244 - 174.


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