Republicans attempt to head off Gitmo closure

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is leading a new Republican campaign to block President Obama from fulfilling a campaign promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Daines introduced a bill Thursday that would ban the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees until either the end of this year or enactment of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. If passed, it would kill any chance the president has of closing the prison before leaving office.

Obama is expected to release up to 24 additional detainees from Guantanamo Bay this summer, according to a report.

"President Obama is prioritizing a campaign promise over his oath of office by releasing enemy combatants — even though several have returned to the battlefield," Daines said in a statement. "This reckless and irrational plan will only entice our enemies instead of serving as a powerful deterrent."

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