Republicans Push for Tougher Guantanamo Limits

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are pushing for even tougher restrictions for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, even after President Barack Obama reversed course and ordered the resumption of military trials for detainees.

Frustrated by Obama's action Monday by executive authority -- and without congressional input, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon of California and six other Republicans said Tuesday they would introduce legislation that would limit legal representation for detainees and permanently block money to build or renovate a U.S. facility to house suspects now held at Guantanamo.

The bill also would give the defense secretary rather than the attorney general the final say on keeping a detainee in military custody.
Obama took office two years ago promising to close Guantanamo, but has faced fierce opposition in Congress.

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