Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Statement On Obama Plan To Shut Down Guantanamo Base

February 23, 2016
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO):

“Congress has repeatedly passed legislation in opposition to the president’s plan to close down GTMO, including the most recent defense authorization bill that specifically prohibits bringing GTMO detainees to the US. While this may be a long-term priority for the president, he cannot unilaterally ignore the will of Congress. Equally troubling, he has presented no specific plan for how he will shut it down. I will continue to oppose any effort to shut down this facility and endanger the safety and security of the American people.”

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