The clock is ticking toward the Feb. 23 deadline for the administration to provide Congress with details of how it will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But it's still unclear where detainees who can't be released will be sent.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, sent a letter this week to President Obama reminding him that lawmakers expect a plan on their desks in just over two weeks, as mandated by the defense policy act. By Feb. 23, Congress should have specific details and cost estimates to close the military prison.
"Press reports suggest that the plan will not include many of the details required by law to be submitted to Congress, such as listing the specific U.S. facilities where detainees would be held and a full cost estimate," the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wrote in the letter. "To be clear, failing to comply with the law would not advance [the president's] objective of closing the detention facility at GTMO."