Lawyer and Georgia republican party activist Matt Burke attended a republican party breakfast meeting last Saturday Dec. 1 with Georgia U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. Here are some highlights as reported by Matt:
1. GITMO- The Senate passed a defense authorization bill, and one amendment, which was approved by 54-41, prevents any funds from being used to move detainees from GITMO. There are differences between the House's version, so that will have to be reconciled, but the White House is threatening a veto specifically on the moving detainees from GITMO. Here is a portion of the Fox News story:
Ignoring a White House veto threat, the Senate voted Thursday to add to its restrictions on President Barack Obama's authority in dealing with terror suspects.
Lawmakers approved an amendment that would prevent the transfer of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to prisons in the United States. The vote was 54-41, with several Democrats vulnerable in the 2014 elections voting with Republicans.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., argued that the 166 terror suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-styled mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, should remain at the U.S. naval facility and not be transferred to any facility on American soil.
Responding to Ayotte, Feinstein said the United States not only can but has handled terrorist suspects, with 180 now languishing in super maximum prisons. Feinstein complained that the measure would erase the president's flexibility.
In fact, the administration, in threatening to veto the bill, strongly objected to a provision restricting the president's authority to transfer terror suspects from Guantanamo to foreign countries. The provision is in current law.