From the office of Rep. Gregg Harper (MS):
“I applaud lawmakers for rejecting President Obama’s request for funding to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” said Congressman Gregg Harper. “Closing this facility should not even be considered until the administration has a plan to safely detain, prosecute or transfer these detainees.”
On January 22, President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which holds hundreds of the world’s most threatening terrorists, within one year. This decision fails to answer one fundamental question: What is our nation’s plan for dealing with these terrorists?
As a co-sponsor of the “Keep Terrorists Out of America Act,” Congressman Gregg Harper stands with the people of Mississippi in opposing the release of terrorists at Guantanamo or bringing them onto American soil. This legislation also makes clear that governors and state legislatures must pre-approve the transfer or release of any terrorist or detainee into America."
NOTE: On May 14, the U.S. House voted 368 – 60 and on May 20, the U.S. Senate voted 90 – 6 to refuse funding President Obama’s budget request to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.