May 4th, 2009
04:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats zero out Obama request for Gitmo closure funds

Congressional Democrats are dropping the administration's request for $80 million to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Congressional Democrats are dropping the administration's request for $80 million to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Pushing back at a request from President Obama, congressional Democrats are dropping the administration's request for $80 million to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, who is drafting an emergency war funding bill, told reporters he supported the president's plan to close the prison, but said more details were needed. "So far as we can tell there is yet no concrete program for that," said the Wisconsin Democrat. "And while I don't mind defending a concrete program, I'm not much interested in wasting my energy defending a theoretical program. So when they have the plan they're welcome to come back and talk to us about it."

According to Democratic aides, the Obama administration requested $50 million for the Defense Department and $30 million for the Justice Department to close down Guantanamo prison.

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