US House passes bill to halt Guantanamo transfers

September 15, 2016 18:40

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would bar any transfers of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison while President Barack Obama is president or until he signs a new defense policy bill.

The measure passed by 244 to 174, largely along party lines, with all but four Republicans backing it and all but 12 of Obama's fellow Democrats opposed.The White House has promised to veto the measure. It also faces tough odds in the Senate, where it would need Democratic support as well as Republican backing to progress.

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