The Senate passed a measure banning the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US for another year, despite a veto threat from the White House, the New York Daily News reports.
The measure, introduced as an amendment from Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), was attached to the annual defense authorization bill. The bill passed with bipartisan support, 54-41.
The White House Office of Management and Budget threatened that President Obama would veto any bill including language banning prisoners from transferred to the United States, according to US News & World Report. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) derided the bill as "veto bait."
But Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a colorful remark in support of the amendment on the Senate floor, saying the American people don't want to close Guantanamo Bay's detention center to "bring these crazy bastards that want to kill us all to the United States."
He was countered, though by Senator Rand Paul, saying the "crazy bastards" should have a right to trial by jury.Viat US News & World Report