Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA) is spearheading an effort to stop funding toward the closing of Guantanamo Bay until President Obama and the Democrats have an actual plan about what they will do with the detainees currently living there. While President Obama repeatedly refers to the prison's impending close, he says nothing about how to handle the mess that will ensue. This failure to plan makes the decision to close the prison foolishly premature. Many Republicans oppose the closing of the prison all together and this added detail makes their opposition even greater.
“Since President Obama signed the Executive Order to close the facility, there has been no formal consultation with Congress. In fact, respective Committees in the House and Senate have yet to hold a single hearing to review the complex issues associated with closing Guantanamo Bay, including the transfer of terrorists in custody and future detainee operations.
"If the President is serious about closing Guantanamo Bay without jeopardizing our security, then the Administration needs to work directly with Congress to create a detention process that keeps detainees off U.S. soil and prevents terrorists from returning to the battlefield. Until there is a plan in place and detainee operations are thoroughly reviewed, Congress should withhold funding to proceed with the closure of the facility."